Activities

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer a limited program of walks at the moment because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please note that the number of places on each walk is limited to ten people plus the leader, and that you must contact the leader to book a place if you would like to attend.


Friday 14 August 2020, Tallawarra Ash Ponds, 8.30am
This walk is now full
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037

Bring carry morning tea and wear enclosed sturdy shoes.  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. If coming from the south you need to take the first Dapto exit and turn right onto the Princes Highway. Yallah Bay Road is the second left after this turn. Park on the left-hand side of the road of Yallah Bay Road about 300 metres from the turn off opposite gate 37.  PLEASE SEND DAVE A TEXT TO LET HIM KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE COMING ON THE WALK ON 0409 071 815.

Sunday 16 August 2020, Atlassing at Croom, 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.  PLEASE CONTACT MARTIN TO BOOK YOUR SPOT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.


Sunday 30th (previously 23rd)  8:00am walk venue changed.
The road to Barren Grounds remains closed and hence we are moving this walk to Killalea Reserve.


Leaders: Ralph Stadus & Nerida Hudspith
PLEASE SMS RALPH ON 0412 244 121 TO BOOK TO ATTEND. LIMITED TO 10
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This is two great walks which often produce a wide array of birds.  Enter the Reserve via Killalea Drive Shellcove and drive past the kiosk all the way to the southern end of the reserve and meet at carpark near Mystics Beach. The first is a bush walk down to Minnamurra River about 2hrs and 3km. Then morning tea back at cars or at the kiosk. Followed by a 4km, 2.15hr walk around the lagoon with carry snack. Please note the 8:00 start.


Friday 28 August 2020, Pelagic

A date for the club’s annual pelagic trip from Kiama has been set but has not yet been confirmed.  We are limited to 9 places because of COVID 19 restrictions.  If you think you would like to attend please contact Penny Potter on penny@southernphone.com.au <mailto:penny@southernphone.com.au>, or 0430 343 525, to book a place.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Thursday 3 September 2020, Botanic Gardens Walk, 12.30 to 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. PLEASE SEND MARTIN A TEXT MESSAGE TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE WALK

Saturday 12 September, Budderoo, 8.30am
Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037.
Meet at 8.30am at car park for Budderoo Fire Trail.  The Budderoo Plateau road is now only accessable only from the Robertson end. Bring carry morning tea, hat, sunscreen and plenty water for the day.
PLEASE SEND DAVE A TEXT TO LET HIM KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE COMING ON THE WALK ON 0409 071 815.

Sunday 13 September 2020, Atlassing at Bellambi, 8.30am
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hours duration. Meet in the carpark at Armour Street Bellambi, bring morning tea, hat, sunscreen and wear sturdy enclosed shoes.  PLEASE CONTACT MARTIN TO BOOK YOUR SPOT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

Sunday 27 September 2020, Wader Count, 8.30am
Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418429132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club. A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds 2020” Programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why Juck Bay, Koona Bay. Bring morning tea, sunscreen, hat and wear enclosed shoes.  PLEASE CONTACT MARTIN TO BOOK YOUR SPOT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.


Jerrara Dam … Sunday 11th of October 11am.
Picnic lunch, catch up with members and some casual birding.
This is a casual get together so people can have a chat with other members at a COVID safe distance. Please practice social distancing.
BYO picnic lunch and a chair to sit on.
Have a bite to eat, discuss birding and maybe go a for a walk in small groups to see what is about.
Jerrara Dam now has 166 species on eBird.  A normal walk yields 25-35 species.
Bragging rights for the best list shared with 1803 (the IB club account) on the day.
Parking is still outside the gate, so you need to carry lunch a 100M or so.
Jerrara Dam has a drop toilet but no water.
See you there!

National Bird Week  … Monday 19th to Sunday 25th October.
Let's show the rest of Australia the fantastic birds we have in the Illawarra to celebrate
National Bird Week.
Go birding either solo or with friends in the Illawarra. Illawarra only!!
More experienced members will be willing to guide newer members when available, just reach out to committee members for starters.
Put your sightings on eBird and share with 1803.
BIG bragging rights for the most QUALITY lists.  Acknowledged in a future Newsletter.
‘Quality’ means, reasonable time and distance for the location. Complete list of birds. Notes on any unusual or rarer species.
Also, BIG bragging rights for the most species.
Again, must be from quality lists, although we will accept incidentals for unusual birds.