Upcoming Activities

Thursday 26 January, Walk at Budderoo Fire Trail followed by Spotlighting

6.00pm  Leaders: Terrill Nordstrom, Mobile 0420 848 713, and Dave Rower, Mobile 0409 071 815
Meet at the car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approximately 2.6 km north of the turn-off to Barren Grounds along Jamberoo Mountain Road.  Please turn off to the left at the Budderoo National Park (plus Budderoo Plateau) sign and drive approximately three hundred metres along the dirt road to the car park beside a gate blocking the road. We are intending to do a walk and have a picnic supper - which will need to be carried with you - followed by spotlighting as we walk back to the carpark. Please bring your snacks, drink/s, something warm to wear, strong shoes and a torch.

Thursday 2 February, Lunch Time Walk in Botanic Gardens

12.30-1.30pm, Leader: 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 February, Field Trip to Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

8.00am, Leader: Michelle Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Follow Jamberoo Mountain Road approximately 9km towards Robertson. On the left hand side of the road you will see a “Concealed Driveway” sign. Very shortly after this turn left into the driveway for the reserve. Follow the dirt road approximately 500 metres to the car park/ picnic area. This is where we will meet for the walk.  This is a half day walk so bring morning tea, hats and sunscreen.  Although the walk will finish before lunch there are picnic tables available where you could eat lunch if you choose to stay on at the reserve.

Tuesday 7 February, 7.30pm Evening Meeting

7.30pm, Stanley Tang, ‘The tiny finch and the mega mine’
The approved Mega Adani mine in central QLD belongs to the home of the largest remaining population of the endangered southern Black-throated Finch. Stanley will examine the consequences of fragmented landscapes on the survival of the species and make relevant conservation recommendations.

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

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

3 Rainbow Bee-eaters at
the junction of Nowra Creek & the Shoalhaven River
Thanks Graham Barwell

1 x Arctic jaeger
hill 60 this afternoon
Thanks Terrill Nordstrom

Australian Shelduck
Tallawarra Ashponds
Thanks Nerida Hudspith

1 Noisy Pita
Thanks Carla Jacket
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