<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 185

DECEMBER 2022

SYDNEY CLUB MEETING FOR DECEMBER 2022

Please come to this meeting on Tuesday, December 6 to hear the annual Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture. The lecture will be followed by the Christmas Party so please bring a plate of food to share.

The annual Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Stephen Garnett. His presentation is entitled “Threatened birds in New South Wales – threats, knowledge, management and the future”. The meeting will be held at 7.30 pm in The Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney and will be followed by the Christmas Party. There will be no Zoom availability for this meeting.

Stephen Garnett is a conservation biologist from Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has been working on threatened Australian birds for over 30 years, having produced the last four national action plans, with the latest appearing in 2021. His talk will consider the threatened birds living in New South Wales, the threats they face, what we know about how to manage them and the work that has been conducted to date. He will then speculate on what the future might hold for the state’s avifauna.”
We hope that as many people as possible will attend this meeting.

THERE IS NO CENTRAL COAST GROUP MEETING IN DECEMBER 2022

CLUB ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER 2022 AND JANUARY 2023
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU NEED TO BOOK FOR OUTINGS AND CAMP OUTS!
Please check on the Outings Page on the website for the latest guidelines regarding COVID restrictions.

DECEMBER 2022
Saturday 3 December Christmas Outing: Scheyville. Meet at 8:30 am at the corner of Whitmore and Pitt Town Dural Roads, Maraylya. Flat but sometimes uneven walking tracks. Since Mitchell Park remains closed, Christmas picnic lunch will be at Scheyville National Park headquarters. Booking in advance is required by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au

Saturday 10 December Central Coast Christmas Outing: Mardi and Tuggerah. Meet at 7.30 am at Murrumbung Homestead, 32 The Valley Way, Mardi for an early morning walk. After the walk, we will drive to the Dairy for morning tea followed by birding. BYO Lunch in the picnic shelters at the Dairy (Central Coast Wetlands). Booking required by contacting the leaders.

Christmas 2022 to New Year 2023 Club Campout: Coolah Tops National Park. A campout has been arranged over the Christmas/New Year period at Coolah Tops National Park. Temperatures will be pleasant because of the high altitude and nights will be cool for sleeping. Please note that the access road is steep and could be rough if it has not been graded recently. Many of the roads within the park are closed during wet weather. Access to the main camping area at the Barracks is suitable for all vehicles with care. Turn off the Coolah-Merriwa Road about 4 km east of Coolah then travel about 30 km to the park. Bring everything that you need including drinking water. There is a pit-toilet at the campsite. Please not that it is necessary to book a campsite on the NSW National parks website.  Booking in advance is required by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au

JANUARY 2023
Saturday 7 January Club Outing: Colo River and Wheeny Creek. Meet 9.00 am at the south side of the Colo River Bridge on the Putty Road north of Wilberforce. Lunch at cars.  Booking in advance is required by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au

Saturday 14 January Club Outing: Centennial Park. Meet at 8.30 am in Dickens Drive near The Learning Centre, Centennial Park. Bird watching within the park.  Booking in advance is required by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au

Tuesday 24 January Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7:30 pm at Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah, opposite Hungry Jacks, Central Coast UBD map 49, C15. Members night.           

Wednesday 25 January Midweek 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.  Booking in advance is required by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au

Saturday 28 January Central Coast Outing: Central Coast Wetlands. Meet at 8.30 am at Pioneer Dairy (Central Coast Wetlands). Central Coast UBD map 49, F10. Lunch in the picnic shelters at the Dairy.  Booking is required by contacting the leader.

Please check the website at http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/ or contact the leader before the outing if you are uncertain whether the outing is going ahead. Participants on Central Coast outings need to book in advance by contacting the outing leader.

The current COVID guidelines for club outings

  •  Now up to 25 participants including the leader may attend day club outings

·        Participants still need to book in advance by emailing the Activities email (activities@birdingnsw.org.au) for Sydney outings or by contacting the leader for Central Coast outings. They will still need to sign the attendance sheet on the day.

·        It is recommended that everyone attending should be fully vaccinated. 

·        Please do not attend if you are unwell with flu like symptoms.

·        Safe distancing of 1 person per 2 sqm outdoors must be observed.

·        Although face-masks are not required for outdoors activities, it is recommended that they are worn.

URGENTLY NEEDED – A WEBSITE COORDINATOR
A webmaster is urgently required to maintain the Club website. Basic experience in the maintenance of a website would be an advantage but not necessary. It will include the regular posting of the club newsletters, the Birding Bulletin and other articles to the website. If you are interested in this important service to the Club, please email emhodson@exemail.com.au 

A NEW WEBSITE FOR BIRDING NSW
Do you have the skills to provide Birding NSW with a new or updated website?
Birding NSW’s website urgently needs to be updated or renewed. We are now looking for someone to renew or update the website. If you can do this or can provide the contact details of someone who could do this, please contact Tom Karplus on Thomas.Karplus@health.nsw.gov.au or Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2022-2023
Many thanks to those members who have renewed their membership already. Please contact Anne van Roekel on membership@birdingnsw.org.au or phone her on 0434 958 258 if you have not yet received your individualised membership renewal notice or if you are not sure if you have paid. Also please note that if you are paying by cheque, we are asking you to send that to Birding NSW, 40 Burra Rd. Artarmon, 2064 and not to the Club’s PO BOX address.

2022 NSW AND ACT TWITCHATHON
You can donate to the 2022 Twitchathon until mid-December 2022. Twenty seven teams took part in the 30 hour (four teams), 12 hour (14 teams) and 3 hour (10 teams) Twitchathons. Local teams were “Champagne Shriketits” for Birding NSW and “Which is it” for Birding NSW Central Coast Group. The money raised goes to the Gang-Gang Cockatoos nest projects to be undertaken by Holly Parsons of “Birds in Backyards”. You can donate to a specific team or to the overall project via the BIGnet account via EFT (BSB 182 222, account no. 121211833) or BPAY (Biller code 20206, reference 121211833) or via credit card at https://twitch2022.raisely.com/donate. For more information, go to http://www.twitch24nsw.org/

The winning team in the 30 hour Twitchathon was “Let’s Wing it” led by Steve Edwards. The team saw 257 species. The winning team in the 12 hour Twitchathon was “Not So Swifts” led by Tim Morris. The team included our Club Patron, Alan Morris. The team saw 150 species. Finally the winning team in the 3 hour Birdathon was “Robin Hoods” led by David White. The team saw 78 species. Alan Morris judged the rarest bird seen on the Twitchathon to be the Comb-crested Jacana at Central Coast Wetlands – Pioneer Dairy seen by the “Which Is It” team led by Michael Breheny.

“BRINGING BACK THE BUNYIP BIRD” AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN SUMMIT 2023. LEETON. JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 3, 2023.
The Bringing back the Bunyip Bird: Australasian Bittern Summit to be held in Leeton gives you the unique opportunity to connect with scientists, conservationists, wetland managers, birdwatchers and farmers who share a passion for the iconic Australasian Bittern. The summit offers an interesting programme including tours to the key Bittern wetlands of the Riverina such as the internationally recognised Fivebough Wetland and to Bittern-friendly rice crops. Expert speakers from across Australia and New Zealand will cover a range of topics, including innovative monitoring methods, wetland management and Bittern-friendly rice. Bitterns are considered a flagship species for encouraging and promoting healthy wetland management. There are many projects currently being undertaken to improve the long term outlook for this species.

You can register for this event at 2023 Bittern Summit Registration Site – Registration Page – 2023 Australasian Bittern Summit (eventsair.com)

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 6 -7 MAY 2023
The next planting weekend will be on 6-7 May 2023. Further details will be provided in due course. However, if you have any queries in the interim, or would like to be included in the volunteer email list, please contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS
The Discovery Centre has re-opened on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, with Bird Walks on the last Sunday of each month @ 10:00 AM (no need to book!).

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has announced a new sanctuary in NSW. This sanctuary currently known as Gorton Forest Sanctuary is situated northwest of Newcastle. It will protect a number of mammals including Yellow-bellied Gliders and Koalas and bird species including Glossy Black Cockatoos. This sanctuary joins other AWC properties in NSW including Scotia, Mallee Cliffs and in the Pilliga. https://www.australianwildlife.org/where-we-work/gorton-forest-sanctuary/
The Australian Government has released its new 10-year Threatened Species Action Plan. The Action Plan includes some welcome revisions to the previous government’s 5-year Action Plan, including a new, clear commitment to prevent new extinctions. The Plan will need to be complemented by strong nature laws and significant new resources to implement Recovery Plans if its ambitious objectives are to be achieved. However the plan is still limited to 110 priority species and 20 places — out of over 1900 listed species and communities — and does not acknowledge the need for significantly increased funding. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/new-threatened-species-action-plan-from-federal-govt
BirdLife Australia is asking bird watchers to report any sightings whether recent or in the past of the Australian Painted-Snipe. The Endangered Australian Painted-Snipe is one of Australia’s rarest wetland birds and one of the hardest birds to find. After the devastatingly dry 2018–19, back-to-back La Niña years have recharged Australia’s complex floodplains, creating shallow wetland habitats from the Roebuck Plains to Gippsland’s irrigation drains. Similar conditions in 2011 saw a flurry of Painted Snipe observations as birds reacted to the pulse in resources by breeding and dispersing across the continent. As these wetlands gradually dried out, the birds became more concentrated around some wetlands. BirdLife Australia is hoping that there will be increasing sightings of both the Australian Painted-Snipe and the Australasian Bittern during this wet period.
https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/searching-for-the-wetland-ghosts/.

BirdLife International has just released the fifth edition of its State of the World’s Birds report, and it paints a deeply concerning picture. Birds provide an excellent barometer for the health of the world — and they are telling us that things could be much better. The key finding is that, across the world, one in eight bird species is threatened with extinction, and the status of the world’s birds continues to deteriorate, with species moving ever more quickly towards extinction. Even for those species which are not yet considered to be threatened, the majority are in decline, with their populations much depleted. Adding further pressure, the report finds that many of nature’s hotspots — Key Biodiversity Areas — are in an ‘unfavourable condition’. The causes of these issues around the world are well understood, and the vast majority are driven by the actions of humans, principally the clearance and modification of habitat, the spread of invasive alien species, overexploitation and bycatch, overarched by the myriad threats posed by climate change. Most species are impacted by combinations of these threats, and some threats exacerbate others.
https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/state-of-the-worlds-birds-report-released-by-birdlife-international/.
For other stories go to https://birdlife.org.au/media/

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys in 2023, please contact Dr Julian Reid on 0405 922 505 or via email to julian.reid@anu.edu.au.

PARRAMATTA RIVER SHOREBIRD COUNTS
Monthly shorebird monitoring by volunteers continues on a number of sites on the Parramatta River, as part of BirdLife’s national Shorebirds Program.
Please contact Gerry Duane at gerard@risingdune.com.au to volunteer and for questions regarding the surveys in light of current COVID restrictions.

BIRDING BULLETIN 184

NOVEMBER 2022

SYDNEY CLUB MEETING FOR NOVEMBER 2022

ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Please come to this meeting on November 1st to view the 126 images from 17 photographers

Birding NSW’s annual photographic competition will take place on Tuesday 1 November at 7.30 pm in The Henry Carmichael Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. There will be no Zoom availability for this meeting.

CENTRAL COAST GROUP MEETING FOR NOVEMBER 2022

Tuesday 22 November Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7:30 pm at Progress all in Anzac Street, Tuggerah, opposite Hungry Jacks, Central Coast UBD map 49, C15 “Update on the Devil Ark project”. Speaker: Tim Faulkner

 We hope that as many people as possible will attend these meetings.

URGENTLY NEEDED – A WEBSITE COORDINATOR

A webmaster is urgently required to maintain the Club website. Basic experience in the maintenance of a website would be an advantage but not necessary. It will include the regular posting of the club newsletters, the Birding Bulletin and other articles to the website. If you are interested in this important service to the Club, please email emhodson@exemail.com.au or info@birdingnsw.org.au

A NEW WEBSITE FOR BIRDING NSW

Do you have the skills to provide Birding NSW with a new or updated website?

Birding NSW’s website urgently needs to be updated or renewed. We are now looking for someone to renew or update the website. If you can do this or can provide the contact details of someone who could do this, please contact Tom Karplus on Thomas.Karplus@health.nsw.gov.au or Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS 2022-2023

Many thanks to those members who have renewed their membership already. Please contact Anne van Roekel on membership@birdingnsw.org.au or phone her on 0434 958 258 if you have not yet received your individualised membership renewal notice or if you are not sure if you have paid. Also please note that if you are paying by cheque, we are asking you to send that to Birding NSW, 40 Burra Rd. Artarmon, 2064 and not to the Club’s PO BOX address.

SYDNEY CLUB MEETING FOR DECEMBER 2022

Early reminder

Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture, Tuesday 6 December at 7.30 pm

The annual Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Stephen Garnett. His presentation is entitled “Threatened birds in New South Wales – threats, knowledge, management and the future”. Stephen Garnett is a conservation biologist from Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has been working on threatened Australian birds for over 30 years, having produced the last four national action plans, with the latest appearing in 2021. His talk will consider the threatened birds living in New South Wales, the threats they face, what we know about how to manage them and the work that has been conducted to date. He will then speculate on what the future might hold for the state’s avifauna.”

 The current COVID guidelines for club outings

  •  Now up to 25 participants including the leader may attend day club outings
  • Participants still need to book in advance by emailing the Activities email (activities@birdingnsw.org.au) for Sydney outings or by contacting the leader for Central Coast outings. They will still need to sign the attendance sheet on the day.

  • It is recommended that everyone attending should be fully vaccinated. 

  • Please do not attend if you are unwell with flu like symptoms.

  • Safe distancing of 1 person per 2 sqm outdoors must be observed.

  • Although face-masks are not required for outdoors activities, it is recommended that they are worn.

 2022 NSW AND ACT TWITCHATHON, OCTOBER 29-30, 2022

The 2022 Twitchathon was run locally again on the last weekend of October. Twenty seven teams took part in the 30 hour (four teams), 12 hour (14 teams) and 3 hour (9 teams) twitchathons. Money raised goes to the Gang-Gang Cockatoos nest projects to be undertaken by Holly Parsons of “Birds in Backyards”. You can donate till mid-December to a specific team or to the overall project via the BIGnet account via EFT (BSB 182 222, account no. 121211833) or BPAY (Biller code 20206, reference 121211833) or via credit card at https://twitch2022.raisely.com/donate. Local teams are “Champagne Shriketits” for Birding NSW and “Which is it” for Birding NSW Central Coast Group.

For more information, go to http://www.twitch24nsw.org/

WORKING BEE AT MASON PARK WETLAND, HOMEBUSH, SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 8.30 -11.30 am

This is a great opportunity for new volunteers to participate in improving migratory wader habitat for birds such as Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and the Critically Endangered Curlew Sandpiper which used to frequent the wetland, which is adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park and Powells Creek in the Strathfield Council area. At this session we will complete stage 1 of mangrove removal, targeting the remaining juvenile mangroves which before we started work in 2020 were dominating across the wetland; also checking the rest of the site. No experience is necessary, just an interest and reasonable fitness. Training is provided. Contact Elisabeth Dark to register and for further information at elisabethdark@iinet.net.au.

 BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’s PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

The shortlist of photographs for each category can be viewed at www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/gallery-shortlist-2022. The winners will be announced in early November.

“BRINGING BACK THE BUNYIP BIRD” AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN SUMMIT 2023. LEETON. JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 3, 2023.

The Bringing back the Bunyip Bird: Australasian Bittern Summit to be held in Leeton gives you the unique opportunity to connect with scientists, conservationists, wetland managers, birdwatchers and farmers who share a passion for the iconic Australasian Bittern. The summit offers an interesting programme including tours to the key Bittern wetlands of the Riverina such as the internationally recognised Fivebough Wetland and to Bittern-friendly rice crops. Expert speakers from across Australia and New Zealand will cover a range of topics, including innovative monitoring methods, wetland management and Bittern-friendly rice. Bitterns are considered a flagship species for encouraging and promoting healthy wetland management. There are many projects currently being undertaken to improve the long term outlook for this species.

You can register for this event at 2023 Bittern Summit Registration Site – Registration Page – 2023 Australasian Bittern Summit (eventsair.com)

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 6 -7 MAY 2023

The next planting weekend will be on 6-7 May 2023. Further details will be provided in due course. However, if you have any queries in the interim, or would like to be included in the volunteer email list, please contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

SECOND-GENERATION ANTICOAGULANT RODENTICIDES (SGAR)

SGARs can kill our birds and other wildlife as well as domestic pets. Unlike many countries in the world, these agents remain readily available in Australia. Please consider contacting your local Council to ask them to stop using these agents and to encourage them to use agents that are not dangerous to birds. There is more information at https://www.actforbirds.org/ratpoison.

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre has re-opened on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, with Bird Walks on the last Sunday of each month @ 10:00 AM (no need to book!).

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

1.      A new world bird flight record has been set by a juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit. The bird flew 13,560 km from Alaska to Tasmania. The previous record was held by an adult male of the same species – 4BBRW – that flew 13,000km (8,100 miles) last year, beating his own previous record of 12,000km the year before. Bar-tailed godwit sets world record with 13,560km continuous flight from Alaska to southern Australia | Birds | The Guardian

  1. A study led by Griffith University used BirdLife Australia’s citizen science data to examine the prevalence and diversity of birds across Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and then used statistical modelling to assess the increases and declines of various species of birds over time. The team found that introduced species, historically prominent in Australian urban bird communities, as well as many species perceived to be ‘iconic’ or ‘common’ were undergoing declines in all four regions, while a small group of native species had been able to exploit urban environments with these species becoming increasingly common. Increasing numbers of Rainbow Lorikeets and Noisy Miners are driving other species including Laughing Kookaburras and Galahs out of urban areas. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/ups-and-downs-in-suburbia/

  2. BirdLife Australia opposes the project to build residential and commercial buildings on the Moreton Bay Ramsar site in Southern Queensland. The developers, the Walker Corporation, have described concerns by scientists as scaremongering. The population of Eastern Curlews has declined by over 80% in the past 30 years, largely due to similar coastal development projects across their range, and this development will also impact a number of other bird and animal species. We hope that the Minister for the Environment, Tania Plibersek, will uphold Australia’s national and international conservation obligations to protect Ramsar sites and reject this project later this year. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/toondah-harbour-proposal-will-undermine-global-protection-of-wetlands/

  3. BirdLife Australia opposes the plan to raise the Warragamba dam wall and condemns the NSW premier’s declaration of the project as ‘critical state significant infrastructure’, thereby removing the community’s rights to lodge objections.  If the height of the dam wall is increased by 14 metres (the height of a four-storey building), as proposed, substantial areas of World Heritage-listed National Park and culturally significant landscape in the Blue Mountains would be at risk of extensive flooding, potentially destroying thousands of hectares of threatened bird habitat that is vital for the survival of the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater. The Regent Honeyeaters is one of Australia’s most threatened species. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/raising-warragamba-dam-wall-threatens-birds-on-the-edge/

  4. The Australian Government has released its new 10-year Threatened Species Action Plan. The Action Plan includes some welcome revisions to the previous government’s 5-year Action Plan, including a new, clear commitment to prevent new extinctions. The Plan will need to be complemented by strong nature laws and significant new resources to implement Recovery Plans if its ambitious objectives are to be achieved. However the plan is still limited to 110 priority species and 20 places — out of over 1900 listed species and communities — and does not acknowledge the need for significantly increased funding. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/new-threatened-species-action-plan-from-federal-govt

  5. For other stories go to https://birdlife.org.au/media/

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys in 2023, please contact Dr Julian Reid on 0405 922 505 or via email to julian.reid@anu.edu.au.

PARRAMATTA RIVER SHOREBIRD COUNTS

Monthly shorebird monitoring by volunteers continues on a number of sites on the Parramatta River, as part of BirdLife’s national Shorebirds Program.

Please contact Gerry Duane at gerard@risingdune.com.au to volunteer and for questions regarding the surveys in light of current COVID restrictions.

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 do not contact Keith directly.

 

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