Upcoming Activities

Sunday 26 February, Atlassing at Croom

8.00am Leader: Martin Cocker. Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hrs duration.  Meet at the oval car park at the end of the Tennis Court Entrance on Croome Road, Albion Park Rail.

Thursday 2 March, Lunch Time Walk in Botanic Gardens

12.30-1.30pm, Leaders: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
Lunch time bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. We have permission to use the nearby car park on Madoline Street (off Irvine Street) as long as a car park pass is obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and displayed on your dashboard.

Saturday 4 March, Tallawarra

8.00am, Leaders: Michelle Rower and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Meet on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Park on the left-hand-side about 300 metres from the turn-off opposite gate 37. Bring morning tea.

Tuesday 7 March, 7.30pm, Evening Meeting

7.30pm, Chris Lloyd, “Helping the Little Blokes Back into the Housing Market”
Chris will talk about efforts to encourage White-faced Storm Petrels to recolonise Big Island (part of Five Islands Nature Reserve off Port Kembla) and other NSW islands.  Please bring a plate to share.

Sunday 12 March, Wader Count, Windang

8.00am, Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club for the wader survey.  A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds 2020” programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why Juck Bay, Purry Burry Point. Bring morning tea.

Interested ?

If you want to find out more about the Illawarra’s amazing bird life, please come along to any of the events listed below . Club members will be happy to answer your questions and help you find wild birds - without obligation.

Welcome to the Illawarra!

The Illawarra is the name given to that part of New South Wales, Australia which is located south of Sydney, stretching from Stanwell Park in the north through the council areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. Its eastern boundary comprises the multitude of pristine beaches, cliffs and headlands where it meets the Tasman Sea. In the west the Illawarra escarpment rises, giving dramatic views over the landscape.  The wide range of habitats over a relatively small area results in a great diversity of birdlife. The waters off the Illawarra coast are also renowned as a world-class location for observing seabirds.

Illawarra Birders Inc. is a birding organisation based in the Illawarra. As well as providing a full programme of birding outings and other events, it has a particular interest in bird-related conservation and education. It is also building strong networks with other groups with an interest in birds (see ‘About Us’ for more).

Illawarra Birds - A Photo Guide: Brochure Now Available!

The Brochure has now been received from the printers and is
being distributed to outlets around the Illawarra.
Pick up your copy at the following outlets (more to follow):

Wollongong City Council offices, Burelli Street

Southern Gateway Centre, Bulli Tops

ABC Radio Illawarra 74 Kembla Street Wollongong

Futureworld Eco-technology Centre Northcliffe Dr Warrawong

Kiama Tourist Information Centre, Blowhole Point

DECC (NPWS) Office Crown St Wollongong

Visitor Centres, Minnamura Rainforest & Fitzroy Falls
Full size map
The map below shows our area of interest

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What we have done lately

Some interesting local sightings

Pheasant Coucal at Maddens Plains
Thanks Martin Potter

2 Pink-eared Ducks Coomaditchy Lagoon
Thanks Terrill Nordstrom

Oriental Plover with flock of Golden Plover at Shoalhaven Heads now!!
Thanks Martin Cocker

The orientation plover reported this morning has been confirmed as an Inland Dotteral
Thanks Martin Cocker / Martin Potter

4 Brown Quail
Greenhouse Park
Thanks Terrill Nordstrom

4 Femals or immature Australasian Shoveler
Thanks Carla Jacket

Common Sandpiper
Berkeley Harbour
Thanks Nerida Hudspith

Australian Shellduck
Mossvale Saleyards swamp
Thanks Graham Barwell

White-bellied sea eagle
over northern end Lake Illawarra.
Thanks Frances P

Southern Emu Wren (4) and Gang Gang Cockatoo (2) Maddens Plains.
Thanks Brian Deans

8 Emus at Sassafras Monday afternoon.
Thanks Graham Barwell

1 immature striated Heron in
little lake river under the bridge Barrack Point
Thanks Lorraine Pincus

1 immature Lewin's Rail this morning
Berkeley Boat Harbour,
thanks Maria Coleman

Photo comp results
Illawarra Birders win major prize at the Wollongong Enviromental Awards night
Our submission Lake Illawarra management plan Survey

Some interesting local sightings

1 Noisy Pita
Thanks Carla Jacket

Latham Snipe
Berkeley Boat Harbour
Thanks Maria Coleman

Satin Flycatcher
Coachwood Park
Thanks Brian Deans

Common Sandpiper
Berkely Harbour Wetland
Brian Deans

Why Juck Bay
Thanks Martin Cocker

Cicadabird and pilot birds Bellawongarah
Thanks Carls Jacket

Cicadabird Calderwood rd
Thanks Pauline Duran

7 Topknot Pigeons
Thanks Jill Molan

4 Dusky woodswallows
Colymea State Conservation Area
Thanks Dan Crowley

5 Red necked Stints, Ruddy Turnstone 2 Tattlers, red capped plover
Windang island
Thanks Maria Coleman

5 Topknot Pigeons
Mt Kembla Ring track
Thanks Jill Molan

Brush Bronzewing and Beautiful Firetail
Barren Grounds
Thanks Jill Molan

Noisy Pitta O'Briens Track Mt Kembla
Thanks Roger Truscott