<h2>Celebrating <strong>Beauty</strong> & Diversity</h2><h3>Superb Fairy-wren</h3> <h2><strong>Bringing Back</strong> Vanishing Species</h2><h3>Regent Honeyeater</h3> <h2><strong>Sharing,</strong> Exploring & Discovering</h2><h3>Discovering Shorebirds outing</h3> <h2><strong>Connecting</strong> with Nature's Wonders</h2><h3>Double-banded Plover</h3> <h2>Sharing Nature's Awesome <strong>Majesty</strong></h2><h3>Yellow-nosed Albatross</h3> <h2>Planting a <strong>future</strong> for threatened species</h2><h3>Capertee Valley tree planting</h3> <h2><strong>Reducing</strong> the Threat of Extinctions</h2><h3>Superb Parrot</h3>

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BIRDING BULLETIN 134

 

AUSTRALIAN SENATE’S INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S FAUNAL EXTINCTION CRISIS 

The Australian Senate has referred Australia’s faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report and is calling for the public’s opinion and feedback. BirdLife Australia has provided a draft response to the inquiry, which you can use if you wish. It is really important that as many of us as possible make submissions. To make a submission to the Inquiry, please go to https://www.actforbirds.org/senate-inquiry-submission/.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIRD PORTRAITURE. DISCOVERY CENTRE, AUGUST 11-12, 2018

A two day workshop with professional artist, Peter Wale, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018 from 9.15 am to 3.00 pm will take place at the BirdLife Southern NSW Discovery Centre, Newington Armory, 1 Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-two-day-art-course/birdlife-southern-nsw/

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY TREE PLANTING. AUGUST 18-19, 2018

The next tree planting in support of the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Project will take place on a property on Glen Davis Road on August 18 and 19. For further information and to register please contact Wendy Fox of BirdLife Southern NSW 9647 1033 or southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 21 – 23, 2018

The September survey will be our 14th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 30 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

RANKINS SPRINGS BIRDING WEEKEND. SEPTEMBER 28 – 30, 2018

You are invited to a weekend of bird watching and other activities around Rankins Springs organised by Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group (LFAG). Rankins Springs is 100 km west of West Wyalong so you will see many western species including Budgerigars, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Black and Pied Honeyeaters. For more information go to https://www.lfwag.org.au/upcoming-events and for regular updates on the programme,  contact Helen on lfwagroup@gmail.com.

 

ANNUAL BIRDING NSW REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY. CAPERTEE VALLEY. OCTOBER 5-7, 2018

We are looking for surveyors to take part in the Regent Honeyeater survey on Saturday October 6. Birding NSW has been involved with the surveys for Regent Honeyeaters for over 20 years. Each year surveys take place in August (BirdLife Southern NSW), September (Cumberland Bird Observers Club) and October (Birding NSW). Accommodation is available for up to 14 surveyors in the Homestead in Capertee Valley National Park. If you would like to take part in the survey and particularly if you would like to stay at the Homestead, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK ANNUAL BIRD SURVEYS. 11 SEPTEMBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2018

You are invited to take part in these bird surveys weekly for 8 weeks. There is a training session at 9 am on 11 September including training to enter sightings into Birdata. The first survey in on 18 September. Surveys take place between 6 and 9 am with each site taking 20-30 minutes; usually each group surveys on three sites. You don’t need to volunteer for every survey and you don’t need to be an expert birder. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Pat Thorn, President of CBOC, on Patthorn@iinet.net.au.

 

“WINGS ON KING” BIRD SURVEYS. OCTOBER 25-28, 2018

King Island had 10 of the 12 Tasmanian endemics as well as six specific King Island subspecies. Bird surveys take place at fixed sites around the island. For more information and the itinerary, please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/launch-2017.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

THE 20 AUSTRALIAN BIRDS MOST AT RISK OF EXTINCTION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the 20 Australian birds most at risk of extinction. At the top of the list is the King Island Brown Thornbill. You can read about them at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/media-release-top-20-australian-mammals-and-birds-at-risk-of-extinction.

 

DIFFICULT BIRDS RESEARCH GROUP

This group based at the ANU studies runs important research programmes for the Orange-bellied Parrot, Swift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Superb Parrot and the Palm Cockatoo. The group includes Ross Crates, who will give the Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture on his research on Regent Honeyeaters at the Club’s December 2018 meeting. You can read about their research at https://www.difficultbirds.com/.

 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLES
The two eggs hatched on July 21 and July 23. The chicks can be viewed at Sea-Eagle Cam.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Gone in 20 years…: In Australia 155 bird species are classified as threatened. Of these, 22 are already extinct, with the rest marching down the road towards extinction. Sixteen are classified as Critically Endangered, 55 are Endangered and 62 are considered Vulnerable. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/gone-in-20-years/.
  2. Toondah Harbour, in Queensland’s Moreton Bay Key Biodiversity Area, is an internationally recognised wetland and a RAMSAR. Despite this, the Minister for the Environment has allowed the proposed development to progress to the next stage even though the development (in its current form) will still encroach on 40 hectares of the Ramsar site. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/toondah-development-moves-ahead/
  3. Learn from the Wotjobaluk people of the Wimmera and Mallee districts of western and north-western Victoria why Grey Shrike-thrushes whistle. http://birdlife.org.au/media/why-the-grey-shrike-thrush-whistles/

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The remaining survey dates for 2018 are 13/14 October. New surveyors are welcome. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2018

Please note that outings may need to be cancelled or venues changed if there is a total fire ban. In particular national parks and nature reserves may be closed. Please contact the leader before the outing if there is a total fire ban in place.

Previous Bulletins

 

AUGUST 2018

 

Tuesday 7 August Club Meeting: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. “Nocturnal Wildlife in Sydney”. Speaker: Jayden Walsh

 

Wednesday 8 August Central Coast Half-day 0uting: Central Coast Wetlands and Tuggerah Wetlands. A joint outing with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club. Meet at 8.30 am at McPherson Road Swamp, Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah. Lunch at cars. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482.

 

Saturday 11 August Club Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 8.30 am at Wattle Forest Picnic Area near Audley. Turn into Lady Carrington Drive at Audley, then right over the timber bridge to the western side of the river. Turn left and meet at the last car park. Lunch at cars.  Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

                                                                                                          

Saturday 18 August Club Outing: Scheyville National Park and Hawkesbury area. Meet at 8.30 am at the car park for Scheyville National Park Headquarters off Scheyville Road. Lunch at cars. Leader: Trevor Waller 0467 977 508

 

Tuesday 28 August Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7.30 pm at the Tuggerah Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah opposite McDonalds.Gluepot Adventure”. Speaker: Daniel McKeon

 

Wednesday 29 August Mid-week Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 8.30 am at Wattle Forest Picnic Area near Audley. Turn into Lady Carrington Drive at Audley, then right over the timber bridge to the western side of the river. Turn left and meet at the last car park. Lunch at cars.  Leader: Judy Clark 0413 550 899

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Saturday 1 September Central Coast Outing; Quorrobolong. Meet at 830 am at the Shell Service Station, Freemans Waterhole. Lunch at cars. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482

 

Tuesday 4 September Club Meeting: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm.Beyond backyard birding: how birders contribute to ecology and conservation”. Speaker: Corey Callaghan

 

Saturday 8 September Club Outing: Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve. Meet at 8.30 am at Katoa Close, Warriewood. Lunch will be from cars. Gradient: Easy with bush tracks. Leader: Russell Beardmore 9400 9782 mobile 0404 023 223

 

Wednesday 12 September Central Coast Half-day Outing: Dubbo Gully. Meet at 8.30 am at the corner of Wisemans Ferry Road and Waratah Road, Mangrove Mountain. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer 02 4374 1163.

 

Saturday 15 September Club Outing: Colo River and Wheeney Creek. Meet 9.00 am at the south side of the Colo River Bridge on the Putty Road north of Wilberforce. Lunch at cars. Leader: Philip Brook 9929 4818

 

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September Grenfell KBA Survey: See information above

 

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September Central Coast Weekend Campout: Cootamundra area. Meet at 8.30 am at the Cootamundra Caravan Park, 55 Mackay Street, Cootamundra. Birding in local state forests and nature reserves. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482

 

Sunday 23 September – Monday 1 October Tagalong Campout: Round Hill Nature Reserve and the Riverina area. A tagalong camping tour is being planned to commence on Sunday 23 September at Round Hill Nature Reserve near Lake Cargelligo in Central NSW. We will have three full days to explore Round Hill looking for birds such as Gilbert’s Whistler, Chestnut Quail-Thrush and Southern Scrub-Robin. The campsite at Round Hill will be at Whoey Tank off the Euabalong – Mt Hope Road. There are no facilities such as water or toilets at Whoey Tank. Please note that open camp-fires are not permitted. On Thursday 27 we will travel to Leeton in the heart of the Riverina. There are many excellent areas for birds around Narrandera, Leeton and Griffith covering a wide range of habitat such as Mallee, Mixed Woodland, River Red Gum Forest and Wetlands. There are 2 caravan-parks and plenty of other accommodation at Leeton. Please note that you must let Allan know if you plan to join the tagalong so please email him at activities@birdingnsw.org.au to register interest and to obtain directions to the campsite at Round Hill. Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

 

Tuesday 25 September Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7.30 pm at the Tuggerah Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah opposite McDonalds. “Threatened Reptiles of the Central Coast”. Speaker: Jayden Walsh

 

Wednesday 26 September Mid-week Outing: Centennial Park. Meet at 8.30 am in Dickens Drive near the corner of Parkes Drive, Centennial Park. Bird watching within the park and other nearby areas. Leader: Dick Dallimore 0429 919 515

 

Saturday 29 September Central Coast Outing: Bucketty, Mogo Camp and Mangrove Dam. Meet at 8.30 am at the corner of George Downs Drive and Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret and Kaye Pointer 02 4374 1163

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

 



Birding Bulletin 131

JUNE 2018

 

CHANGES TO LAWS PROTECTING NATURE

BirdLife Australia is one of the 42 members of the “Places You Love Alliance” (http://www.placesyoulove.org/). Together they are working to change the current laws protecting nature (EPBC Act 1999) to ensure that Australia’s natural heritage is adequately protected and restored. For more information on the new laws that are being proposed, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaign-information/ActforBirds/FactSheet.pdf. More resources are available at https://www.actforbirds.org/resources.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL CONGRESS AND CAMP OUT. 8-11 SEPTEMBER, 2018, BROOME

The congress will be held on 8-9 September at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome and the camp out will be held at the Broome Bird Observatory on 10-11 September. Qantas has introduced special weekend fares to Broome from August 2018 but these are valid on select flights only and must be booked at least 60 days ahead. For more information about the congress and bookings go to http://www.broomebirdobservatory.com/anniversaryevents/2018/9/8/congress-and-campout

 

LORD HOWE ISLAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS WITH CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS. JUNE – OCTOBER, 2018

Lord Howe Island “Protecting Paradise Packages” allow participants to see Lord Howe Island and take part in programmes to protect endangered species including the Lord Howe Island Woodhen and the Lord Howe Island Plasmid. For more information, contact Darcelle Matassoni, Project Communications Coordinator, Lord Howe Island Board on darcelle.matassoni@lhib.nsw.gov.au. For holiday packages go to http://www.lordhoweisland.info/holiday-packages/#deals

 

A NEW SPECIES? THE VOGELKOP SUPERB BIRD-OF-PARADISE

Have a look at this video from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to see the comparison between this newly described Bird-of-Paradise and the Superb Bird-of-Paradise Check out our side-by-side comparison in this video

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Gone in 20 years…: In Australia 155 bird species are classified as threatened. Of these, 22 are already extinct, with the rest marching down the road towards extinction. Sixteen are classified as Critically Endangered, 55 are Endangered and 62 are considered Vulnerable. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/gone-in-20-years/.
  2. Thanks to an international fundraising effort, enough money has been raised to ship 500 tonnes of shellfish to the Yellow Sea to provide food for Great Knots at their staging sites. Due to the freezing winter, the usual clams and other shellfish had virtually disappeared from the area raising the spectre that Great Knots would starve. The world population of Great Knots has fallen by 80% in the past 30 years http://birdlife.org.au/media/shelling-out-the-clams/.
  3. Two Orange-bellied Parrots, after raising three chicks in Tasmania, have completed a journey of more than 500 kilometres to reunite at Werribee’s Western Treatment Plant. http://birdlife.org.au/media/parrotsreu-nite/
  4. Aboriginal elders explain why some birds are black. http://birdlife.org.au/media/why-are-some-birds-black/

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 July and 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 130

MAY 2018

 

COMMUNITY FORUM ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE NATURE LAWS, 6 – 8.30 PM, 11 MAY 2018, BUILDING 11, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, 81, BROADWAY, ULTIMO. Listen to Margaret Quixley (BLA’s conservation campaigns manager), Phil Straw (Birdlife Southern NSW), Ross Crates (PhD student at ANU), Mick Roderick (BLA Woodland Birds Project Manager) discuss why Australia needs stronger environmental laws to protect habitat using case studies on shorebirds and the Regent Honeyeater.  Numbers needed for catering so please book ASAP at https://www.actforbirds.org/events.

 

CHANGES TO LAWS PROTECTING NATURE

BirdLife Australia is one of the 42 members of the “Places You Love Alliance” (http://www.placesyoulove.org/). Together they are working to change the current laws protecting nature (EPBC Act 1999) to ensure that Australia’s natural heritage is adequately protected and restored. For more information on the new laws that are being proposed, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaign-information/ActforBirds/FactSheet.pdf. More resources are available at https://www.actforbirds.org/resources.

 

SWIFT PARROT & REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY WEEKEND. 19-20 MAY

The aim of the surveys is to record as many individuals of both species as possible during the survey periods (which extend for a week either side of the survey weekend) in many different locations. If you want to participate in this weekend in NSW, please record your interest with Mick Roderick (woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au) before the weekend and send your sightings to him at the same email address. You can read more about the surveys and download survey forms at http://birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/latest-news-wl.

 

RESULTS OF BIOBLITZ, KU-RING-GAI NATIONAL PARK held on APRIL 14-15, 2018

161 observations were made of 99 species during the weekend. Eliot Connor, who organised the weekend, is keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part in further events in other national parks. Please contact Eliot on 0424200249. You can also post sightings of wildlife on Eliot’s website at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sydney-naturalists.

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Gone in 20 years…: In Australia 155 bird species are classified as threatened. Of these, 22 are already extinct, with the rest marching down the road towards extinction. Sixteen are classified as Critically Endangered, 55 are Endangered and 62 are considered Vulnerable. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/gone-in-20-years/.
  3. Thanks to an international fundraising effort, enough money has been raised to ship 500 tonnes of shellfish to the Yellow Sea to provide food for Great Knots at their staging sites. Due to the freezing winter, the usual clams and other shellfish had virtually disappeared from the area raising the spectre that Great Knots would starve. The world population of Great Knots has fallen by 80% in the past 30 years http://birdlife.org.au/media/shelling-out-the-clams/.

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 July and 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 129

APRIL 2018

 

“CONSERVING THREATENED SHOREBIRDS AT SAWTELL, NSW: A PRACTITIONER’S PERSPECTIVE”. MARTIN SMITH, TUESDAY MAY 1, 2018, 7.30 PM, MITCHELL THEATRE, THE SYDNEY MECHANICS’ SCHOOL OF ARTS, 280 PITT STREET, SYDNEY

Martin is the Ranger in charge of Bongil Bongil National Park located between Bellingen and Sawtell in the Coffs Coast Area. In his talk, Martin will also discuss how NPWS can engage with conservation NGOs including bird clubs. Everyone is welcome.

 

BIOBLITZ, KU-RING-GAI NATIONAL PARK, APRIL 14-15, 2018

Join Elliot Connor and his colleagues to record as many species as possible over this weekend in the park. There are already over 1000 observations of 400 species in Elliot’s Sydney Naturalists Project. For more information contact Elliot at elliotconnor212@yahoo.com.au.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018. 5-6 MAY 2018

The first planting will take place on the weekend of 5-6 May.  The site is on Huntingdale Road and is close to several previous planting sites. The site has already been ripped. Central Tablelands Local Land Services is producing a short promotional video about the project. The video focusses on the contribution made by volunteers and incorporates footage shot at the May 2017’s planting.  CTLLS will be launching the video at the Saturday night dinner on 5 May. For a flyer and the registration form, please go to http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/. The second tree planting in 2018 will take place on 18-19 August.

 

CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE LAWS PROTECTING NATURE

BirdLife Australia is one of the 42 members of the “Places You Love Alliance” (http://www.placesyoulove.org/). Together they are working to change the current laws protecting nature (EPBC Act 1999) to ensure that Australia’s natural heritage is adequately protected and restored. For more information on the new laws that are being proposed, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaign-information/ActforBirds/FactSheet.pdf. More resources are available at https://www.actforbirds.org/resources.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ACT FOR BIRDS WEBINAR. APRIL 10, 2018, 7.30 pm

At this webinar, you will learn about the current laws for nature and how they may be improved. To register, go to https://www.actforbirds.org/events.

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.au.

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6341 1851

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Twelve wetlands in Victoria were closed to shooting in 2018. These included Lake Bael Bael in northern Victoria, where 1500 Freckled Duck were counted in February. http://birdlife.org.au/media/no-shooting-12-vic-wetlands-closed/
  3. Two captive-bred Regent Honeyeater released in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, in north-east Victoria, last April have recently been found alive and well over 200 kilometres away in Stratford, Gippsland. This marks the second captive release in a row where at least one of these Critically Endangered birds is known to have travelled either through or around the Great Dividing Range to arrive in the Gippsland region, following the movement of a bird released in 2015, which travelled from Chiltern to Outtrim, in South Gippsland, and back again. http://birdlife.org.au/media/more-released-regents-jump-the-divide/

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 129

MARCH 2018

 

NATURALIST DRAWING WORKSHOP, MARCH 11, 2018, THE ORIENTAL ROOM, QUADRANGLE BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY. 10 am to 1 pm. Cost $30

Artist/illustrator, Peter Wale, will lead this workshop. For more information and to buy tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naturalist-drawing-workshop-tickets-43152912523.

 

MIDWEEK WALK WITH IBOC/CBOC, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MARCH 14, 2018 at 8.30 am

IBOC member and keen photographer, Charles Dove, will lead this outing. Meet at the Wattle Forest Parking area. At Audley, after crossing the causeway, turn right past the café/kiosk and turn right again over the white wooden bridge. Past the bridge turn left and follow the road to the its end.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 31 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY AND AGM, MARCH 17, 2018, BUILDING 22 THEATRETTE, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

There will be an escorted walk in the Narrawang Wetlands at 8.30 am. The main programme starts at 10.30 with talks by Beth Mott (Powerful Owl) and Phil Straw (Migratory Shorebirds) and is followed by the AGM. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-members-day-and-agm/birdlife-southern-nsw/ to download a registration form. Please contact Wendy Fox, Office Manager at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au if you would like more information.

 

AUSTRALIAN BIRD STUDY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, MARCH 17, 2018, YARRAMUNDI CONFERENCE CENTRE, 761 SPRINGWOOD RD, YARRAMUNDI. 9 am to 5 pm

There will be talks on predation by cats, on Noisy Miners, on Fairy-wrens and on urban winners. The cost is $60 and must be paid before the conference for catering purposes. Registration is via a secure on-line portal: www.trybooking.com/350059

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

BOPPAS  EXTENDED  EXCURSION TO YARRAMAN: 15-19 APRIL 2018

Birding NSW members are invited to join an excursion to Yarraman organised by BOPPAS, a bird group based around Bribie Island in Queensland. If anyone is travelling in the area and wishes to join the excursion, please contact Esther at boppasbirds@gmail.com

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018

5-6 May and 18-19 August 2018. For more information contact John Rawson on johnrawson1@gmail.com

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT: RECENT VIDEOS

To see recent videos about Australasian Bitterns and Painted Snipe, here are the links from Matt Herring: Painted Snipe Return, Battle of the Bitterns and Channel 9 News Sydney

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.au.

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6341 1851

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. There are recent videos of Welcome Swallows and Black-fronted Dotterels at Pitt Town Lagoon.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Threatened species on the move: The status of four species has been “uplisted” under the EPBC Act from Vulnerable to Endangered. The “uplisted” species are the Western Bristlebird, the Noisy Scrub-bird, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo and the white-bellied subspecies of the Crimson Finch. http://birdlife.org.au/media/threatened-species-on-the-move/
  3. Late in 2016 the South Australian government proclaimed a National Park: the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park — Winaityinaityi Pangkara. Now the National Park has been expanded from the original 2500 hectares to 14,000 hectares. The Park now extends from Adelaide’s northern suburbs to Port Parham and includes more than 60 km of coastline. http://birdlife.org.au/media/adelaides-shorebird-sanctuary-just-got-bigger/

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

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BIRDING BULLETIN 127

FEBRUARY 2018

 

HAS YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW LAPSED?

This is for those few members who have not yet renewed their subscription to Birding NSW for 2017-2018. Unfinancial members will be taken off all mailing lists after this Bulletin’s mailout. If you want to continue to receive Bulletins and Newsletters and to participate in all the Club’s birding activities, either:-

 

Renew on the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/), paying by bank transfer using your membership number or surname as reference.

Account name: Birding NSW

BSB: 062169

Account No.: 10193174

 

Or send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Please include your name and address. You can send me any queries about membership at anne@vroekel.com.

 

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 31 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

IS BIRDSONG MUSIC?  WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY DR HOLLIS TAYLOR, FEBRUARY 25, 2018, at Theme and Variations Piano Services, 451, Willoughby Road, Willoughby from 2-4 pm.

This workshop is run by the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. The cost is $55 for non-members and registration closes on February 14. For more information and registration contact the MTA secretary on 9570 1436 or info@musicnsw.com.au or go to www.musicnsw.com.au.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY AND AGM, MARCH 17, 2018, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

There will be an escorted walk in the Narrawang Wetlands. Further details on the programme to come. Meanwhile please contact Wendy Fox, Office Manager at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au if you would like more information.

 

MIDWEEK WALK WITH IBOC/CBOC, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MARCH 14, 2018 at 8.30 am

IBOC member and keen photographer, Charles Dove, will lead this outing. Meet at the Wattle Forest Parking area. At Audley, after crossing the causeway, turn right past the café/kiosk and turn right again over the white wooden bridge. Past the bridge turn left and follow the road to the its end.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL, 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

SURVEYORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL SHOREBIRDS 2020 SUMMER COUNT

BirdLife Australia’s Threatened Species Network is looking for additional surveyors for the annual shorebird count this summer. If you think that you can help, please contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018

5-6 May and 18-19 August – More information to come

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. There are recent videos of shorebirds at Long Reef and Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting around Cornwallis and Upper Colo.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Great news for shorebirds: China is to halt coastal land reclamation according to Chinese media – one on Xinhua (http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136903321.htm), China’s largest news agency, and one in The China Daily. You can read about it at birdlife.org/worldwide/news/great-news-shorebirds-china-halt-coastal-land-reclamation. There are also tentative plans for World Heritage listing of some areas. Also at http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/reprieve-for-shorebirds/.
  2. Land clearing in NSW: A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the extensive clearing that continues in NSW particularly in the north west of the state. You can read about it at http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/a-shimmer-to-the-horizon-taking-stock-of-the-war-on-our-wildlife-20180119-h0la29. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is pushing ahead with a legal case against the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act.
  3. IUCN Threatened species listing: IUCN has added the Plains Wanderer to the list of critically endangered species. Species uplisted from vulnerable to endangered include the Westland Petrel and the Antipodean Albatross. Species downlisted include Coxen’s Fig-Parrot, Southern Cassowary and Black-browed Albatross. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/uplisted-downlisted/
  4. Tootgarook Swamp, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is a hotspot for Australasian Bitterns, a nationally Endangered species, and it’s been saved from development after the local council acquired the last remaining unprotected section of this important site. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/tootgarook-wetlands-protected/
  5. For information on threatened species from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, go to http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/. There is an article on the Night Parrot at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/tracking-the-ghost-of-the-arid-inland-conserving-australia-s-least-known-bird-the-night-parrot.

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


BIRDING BULLETIN 126

JANUARY 2018

 

Happy New Year to all readers of the Birding Bulletin

 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR BIRDING NSW SUBSCRIPTION?

The easiest way to do this is to go to the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/) and complete the on-line renewal form. The form includes information about available subscription categories. You can also send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Queries about membership should be directed to our new membership secretary, Anne Van Roekel, at anne@vroekel.com.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 31 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

SURVEYORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL SHOREBIRDS 2020 SUMMER COUNT

BirdLife Australia’s Threatened Species Network is looking for additional surveyors for the annual shorebird count this summer. If you think that you can help, please contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

2017 BIRD OF THE YEAR

Those of you, who followed this “competition” run by Guardian Australia and BirdLife Australia will know that the winner was the Australian Magpie, which came up from behind to beat the Australian White Ibis. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/ibis-lovers-outraged-over-shock-bird-of-the-year-result/news-story/9e423525ae57452b9c19d87ea3681b2e

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

72,421 people took part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2017 and submitted 60,592 checklists. They counted 1,972,250 birds. Once again the Rainbow Lorikeet was the top bird overall followed by the Noisy Miner and the Australian Magpie. Interestingly the top three birds in Tasmania were all introduced birds – House Sparrow, Common Blackbird, Common Starling. https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/2017-results/. Worryingly the data from the annual counts together with other data from Birdata suggest that the numbers of Kookaburras may be declining particularly in the eastern states. You can read more about this in an article in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/citizen-scientists-count-nearly-2-million-birds-and-reveal-a-possible-kookaburra-decline-86469.

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. There is a recent video of a pair of Willie Wagtails raising their chicks.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The Western Australian Government has decided that the Helena Aurora Range in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia should not be mined but instead should be declared as Class A Nature Reserve. 111 bird species have been recorded in this section of the Great Western Woodlands. http://birdlife.org.au/media/western-australia-gets-early-christmas-gift/

 

  1. Birdlife on Christmas Island is at risk through a recent proposal to expand phosphate mining activity which threatens to destroy large tracts of the island’s rainforest. This proposal is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Government. If approved, mining will almost certainly destroy the rainforest, and as the trees fall, so too will the population of Abbott’s Boobies and the island’s other unique birdlife. But you can help save Christmas Island’s wildlife simply by signing our petition. http://birdlife.org.au/media/paradise-lost/

 

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 21/22 April, 21/22 July, 13/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.