Upcoming Activities

CANCELLED Thursday 29 September, Barren
Cancelled due to weather
8.30am, Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile
0421 335 037
Meet in the picnic area at Barren Grounds Nature
Reserve 9km from the township of Jamberoo
along Jamberoo Mountain Road. Turn off
Jamberoo Mountain Road to the left just after
the ‘Concealed Driveway’ sign and follow the dirt
road for approximately 600 metres to the picnic
area/car park. Bring carry morning tea, lunch,
hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. We will have lunch in the
picnic area after the walk. Please wear sturdy
shoes and dress appropriately as there have been plenty of
reptiles seen in the area.

Tuesday 4 October, 7.30pm, Evening Meeting

7.30pm, Bill Zealey, ‘Evolving Hawaian Birdlife’
Hawaii gives a new meaning to the word "remote". If you
sailed due west of Honolulu, the next thing you'd hit would
be Taiwan: almost 6000 miles away. Hawaii is anything but
lonely boasting thousands of species of birds, animals and
plants. As in the Galapagos, many of the endemic
honeyeaters evolved special feeding habits and a
correspondingly special beak shape to fill a different niche
found on the specific island within the Hawaiian
The arrival of humans from 400AD to the present brought
with them jungle fowl, finches and parrots.  Bill & Joan
recently revisited Hawaii where they had lived and worked
in the the early 1980s. This talk is the result of the follow
up to the many changes in the bird population they noticed
and will attempt to answer the question of how birds
populated the Islands.

Thursday 6 October, Lunch Time Walk in Botanic Gardens

12.30-1.30pm, Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683
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.

Sunday 9 October, Wader Count, Windang

8.30am, 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.

Sunday 16 October - Atlassing at Croome

8.30am, 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.

Saturday 22 October, Bargo River

8.30am, Leaders: Nerida Hudspith, Mobile 0424 417 484
and Michelle Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Access from Bargo River Road (Off Remembrance
Driveway). Turn into Bargo River Road and cross the railway
line. Take the next turn left-Fire Road and park on the grass
beside the river on the left.
Bring food and drink for the day

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

Please submit your sightings to our atlas
Some interesting local sightings

1 Ruddy Turnstone this morning woonona rock platform, thanks Maria Coleman

Eastern Barn Owl photoed snoozing in a Coral Tree on the west side of Hill 60,
Port Kembla amongst the coastal scrub.
Spangled drongo Bakers lane Primbee lunchtime today
Thanks Terrill Nordstrom

Blue-billed duck. One male at Macquarie Rivulet Delta Haywards Bay.
Thanks Brian Deans.

Blue-faced Honeyeater seen this morning at her private property at Avondale - Photo seen.
Also a powerful owl last night eating a Galah
Thanks Christine Storrie

White fronted Tern (2) and giant Petrel Wollongong Harbour Viewed from lookout
Thanks Brian Deans

Brown Falcon and 5 Bar-shouldered Doves @ Cleavland Rd West Dapto
Thanks Paul Lynch

Lewins Rail and Spotless Crake heard calling in Korrungulla Wetlands.
Thanks Paul Lynch and Brian Deans

Pacific Baza Jerrara Dam
Thanks Kara and David Eddington

2 courting Osprey over Pelican Reserve, Lake Illawarra
Thanks Paul Nesbitt