<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>
May 16, 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

 

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

 

 

May 7, 2017

May 2017 Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater survey – May 20-21

BirdLife Australia is seeking volunteers to search for these birds across Victoria, NSW, ACT and Queensland, as Swift Parrots make their way up to the mainland from Tasmania and Regent Honeyeaters move about the landscape in search of flowering Eucalypt trees, on which to feed.

Says Caroline Wilson of the Wodland Birds team at BirdLIfe: “We generally ask volunteers to survey an area for approx 20 minutes (walking slowly along a walking track or through a park and observing birds). Any spot is fine for carrying out the survey (e.g. National Parks, conservation reserves, private property), but both species do prefer areas which contain flowering eucalypts for foraging or areas of heavy lerp and insect loads. You might find it useful to use our list of suggested survey locations as a guide. You can also contact one of the Woodland Birds for Biodiversity team (details below) and we can put you in touch with a local coordinator to help find suitable survey locations and to get site specific maps. We have recently generated maps of some of our suggested survey locations, particularly for larger sites such as National Parks, to help narrow the search. Sites which have been mapped are noted in the survey locations spreadsheet. Please also let us know if you would like more information about non-mapped sites. 

If you wish to participate in the upcoming May 2017 survey or would like to report sightings of either species, please contact one of the members of BirdLife Australia’s Woodland Birds for Biodiversity team: Dean Ingwersen (Victoria, Regent Honeyeaters), Caroline Wilson (Victoria, Swift Parrots) or Mick Roderick (NSW, ACT & QLD, Swift Parrots at woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au

 

Survey forms and survey locations are available at this BirdLife Australia website: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/latest-news-wl

 

April 7, 2017

Members are invited to submit their favourite photographs

Members are invited to submit photographs they have taken and wish to have displayed on the club website or to have published in the newsletter. All photographs must be the work of the submitting member (for copyright reasons) and should be 640Kb  minimum size (so that they may appear in reasonable resolution) .  Photographs can be submitted by email at the following address: info@birdingnsw.org.au or to newsletter@birdingnsw.org.au

When submitting a photograph – or two – please indicate whether you would like to have it displayed on the website or in the newsletter.

 

Check out this video of the Malleefowl and its mound

 

December 17, 2016

National Twitchathon Official results 2016

Follow this link to the Birdlife results page

November 4, 2016

2016 Annual Photographic Competition

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Variegated Fairy-wren, photograph by Michael Hanvey

The top ten photos in this year’s competition are on display here.

 

June 20, 2016

Tree planting in the Capertee Valley – April 2016 report



John Rawson reports on tree planting in the Capertee Valley – April 2016

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