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October 18th, 2017

Sponsor your club’s team in the 2017 NSW and ACT Twitchathon

The club’s team, the “Champagne Shriketits” are ready to go all out to raise money for the “Bitterns in Rice” project in the Riverina.  Donations can either be given directly to the team members, Philip Brook, Elisabeth Karplus or Tom Karplus at the Club meetings or people can donate via Just Giving (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/twitchathon-nsw-act-2017). Anyone donating via Just Giving must specify in the comments section that the donation is for the Champagne Shriketits taking part in the NSW Twitchathon. Any donation you make via the team members will be collectively submitted on behalf of Birding NSW.

The Champagne Shriketit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fix these mighty champions in your mind and lend them your  support – and if you like, see the other teams, which have so far entered this year’s Twitchathon  https://www.birdlifetwitchathon.org.au/2017-teams.

 

October 3rd, 2017

Latest Club Newsletters now on line

September TWITCHER

and

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

July 27th, 2017

Bird song: Is it music?

Hollis Taylor takes you on a journey around this question.  Be sure to leave time to listen to the songs.

July 15th, 2017

Tim Low to speak on “Where Song began”

Tim Low, author of the acclaimed “Where Song Began” will speak to the topic at the October club meeting. Says Sean Dooley of the Sydney Morning Herald, “Tim Low is the rare author who is able to turn complex and sophisticated research into a form digestible to the general reader without ‘dumbing down’ the science.”

For a few more details about the book and a whole lot more about Tim Low’s work  visit his web page.

June 6th, 2017

Amended and revised Constitution adopted

The Special General meeting of 2 May 2017 resolved, nem con, to approve the revised constitution as it has appeared on the website.  The revised constitution can be downloaded here:

May 16th, 2017

Lake Cowal in the last flood

Report by Malcolm Carnegie,

Photography by Malcolm Carnegie

Projects Manager – Lake Cowal Foundation

 

Commencing in late June 2016, flooding rains over much of inland NSW through to the end of October 2016 saw the Lachlan River and Bland Creek  fill Lake Cowal to a flood peak equivalent to that of 1990.

A flooded Bland Creek looking north to Lake Cowal

Once full, water flows from the north of Lake Cowal near Bogies Island into Nerang Cowal. From here, the Manna and Bogandillon Creeks flow into the Bogandillon Swamp and ultimately back into the Lachlan River.

Black Swans

When full, Lake Cowal covers an area of approximately 13,000 hectares with a length of 21 kilometres by 9.5 kilometres at its widest point, having a maximum depth of 3.5 metres, and taking a period of up to three years to dry mostly through evaporation, provided no significant inflows occur.

 

During the Spring/Summer/Autumn of 2016/17 a variety of waterbirds took the opportunity to breed in both the lignum areas and fringing river red gums of the lake. Species feeding and/or breeding in the various habitats of the lake included:

  • Royal Spoonbill and Yellow-billed Spoonbill;

    Royal Spoonbill

  • White-necked Heron and White-faced Heron;
  • Nankeen Night Heron;
  • Great Egret;
  • Little Black Cormorant, Little Pied Cormorant and Pied Cormorant;
  • Australasian Darter;
  • Eurasian Coot;
  • Australasian Grebe and Great Crested Grebe;

 

Red-necked Avocets

Juvenile Nankeen Night-Heron

  • Red-necked Avocet;
  • Black Swan;
  • White-headed Stilt;
  • Whiskered Tern;
  • Sacred Kingfisher;

    Sacred Kingfisher

 

  • Plumed Whistling Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Chestnut Teal and Pacific Black Duck;

 

  • Plumed Whistling-Ducks

    Straw-necked Ibis

 

  • Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis and Glossy Ibis;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Magpie Goose observed and breeding for the first time since 1990.

 

Magpie Geese

White-necked Heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presently approximately 2,000 Australian Pelicans are fishing the shallower northern sections of Lake Cowal with the water level presently relatively stable through the winter months. With no further inflows, the lake is expected to have water in it through to the 2018/19 Summer.

 

Pelican-rookery; Nimmie-Caira

 

Pelican-rookery-Feb-17-Nimmie-Caira

 

Pelican rookery photographs were taken by by Vince Bucello at Nimmie Caira.