Illawarra Birders

Birding club based in
Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia



Birding Locations



Illawarra Birders Annual Pelagic Trip
Saturday 29 July 2023

Photograph of some Illawarra Birders


If you are looking for lifetime activity that will stimulate your mind and body:

Check our activities itinerary and come along. We also organise local Birding excursions, regional Birding camps around NSW, and interstate and Australian territory trips!


Club Meetings

Visitors welcome

Coniston Community Centre
26 Bridge St Coniston
(adjacent to and east of the railway station)


Tuesday 6th June 2023, 7:30pm
Professor Roger Truscott, University of Wollongong
Birding in the Mist: Vietnam in December
Roger will present an undoubtedly entertaining talk about his recent trip to Vietnam with fellow club member Bob Ashford


Tuesday 4th July 2023, 7:30pm
Professor Darryl Jones: Ducking for cover: The hazards of being an urban ecologist.

"If you want to really understand nature, you have to avoid people. Cities are no place for an ecologist!" Such was early career advice, which, as usual, I ignored. Thus began my adventures with some of the feared, despised, and maligned birds we share our cities with. Hear how to not catch crows, not impress a famous visitor, and not predict the success of the brush-turkey. Making mistakes is a great way to learn.

Emeritus Professor Darryl Jones is the author of three popular books about birds in urban environments, the latest of which, Curlews on Vulture Street: Cities, Birds, People & Me, was reviewed in The February 2023 Illawarra Birding. He is a behavioural ecologist and Member of the Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security, Griffith University. His PhD studied the behavioural ecology of Australian brush-turkeys, which led to a fascinating career studying the strange and largely uncharted world of urban ecology.