Illawarra Birders

Birding club based in
Wollongong, affiliated with Birdlife Australia

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Illawarra Birders Upcoming Activities

Always send a text to the leader if you will be attending a Birding outing

Everyone is welcome to attend these events, including visiting Birders and those new to birding. Please contact the Leader if you are going to attend, in case of late cancellation for weather.

If you have a large group please email Illawarra Birders at illawarabirdersinc@gmail.com as we offer seperate walks for groups.


Members: have an activity you would like to propose? Check out the Guidelines.

Also read our Birding Code of Ethics.


Friday 31st May 8.30am
Mt Annan Botanic Garden all day Adventure ‐ Mt Annan

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐ please email - illawarrabirdersinc@gmail.com if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: All day birding, a private tour of the Plant Bank, lunch at the cafe and more birding.
Parking/Meeting Place: Park on Cunningham Dr at Lake Nadungamba (first pond in Garden)
Toilets/Water: Yes throughout the Garden
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Driving ‐ all day. In and out of car all day.
Bring: Carry water, hat, morning tea and afternoon tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Some of the winter birds may be arriving.


Meeting, Tuesday 4th June 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre

Professor Edward Cowie
Are Birds Composers?
A renowned composer and entertainer asks the big question about birdsong and human music and comes up with some astounding answers!
Internationally famous composer, visual artist and natural scientist Edward Cowie, was last year described by the New York Times as ’the greatest living composer directly inspired by the natural world’.
Much of his music and visual work has been and continues to be inspired by both birdsong especially and their behaviour in natural habitats all over the world.
His recent release, Where Song was Born on his record label, Metier Divine Arts is devoted to Australian birds and has rave reviews globally.
Edward’s connection with the Illawarra goes back to the early 1980s when he founded and directed the new School of Creative Arts at Wollongong University.
For more information on him, visit www.edwardcowie.com or simply Google him or look and listen on You Tube.
Prepare for an evening of delight, wonders and surprises.


Thursday 6th June 12.30pm
Wollongong Botanic Garden ‐ Lunchtime Walk

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A gentle stroll through the Garden, via the Duck Pond, rainforest and other habitats.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime; if this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets.
Toilets/Water: Yes
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: An easy 1.7 km walk on paved or mulched paths. A circuit is walked lasting 1-1.5 hours. Some seats.
Bring: Carry ‐ water, hat & sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: This is an especially good walk for new and inexperienced birders, and also for photographers.


Friday 14th June 8:30am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini: ‐ please email ‐ illawarrabirdersinc@gmail.com ‐ if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Walking around the Tallawarra Ponds - looking for shorebirds and waterbirds, some woodland birds.
Parking: Drive into Yallah Bay Rd which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. Yallah Bay Rd is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Meet at the carpark opposite the security gates just before the bridge.
Toilets/Water: No (toilet is available at the Security check in)
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 4kms round trip, easy walk on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, sturdy shoes, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. Bring a scope if you have one.


Wednesday 19th June 8:30am
Maddens Plains ‐ Darkes Forest

Walk Leader: Martin Potter: 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Looking for heathland birds, first around the ’pylon track’ and then moving on to the Maddens Falls track on Darkes Forest Road.
Parking: Park on the roadside at the pylon track which is located on the Old Princes Highway 4.6km north of the Sublime Point turn-off, and 1km south of the entrance to the Boomerang Golf Course.
Toilets/Water: No. Option of morning tea and use of facilities at the Glenbernie Orchard.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 2-3 kms easy walking on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, warm clothing, sturdy shoes, morning tea if not attending the Glenbernie Orchard.
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain.


Friday 28th June 8:30am
Buderoo National Park ‐ Jamberoo

Walk Leader: Ralph Stadus ‐ 0412 244 121 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: Return walk on a fire trail through heathlands, eucalyptus and bloodwood forest.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approx. 2.6km north from the turn-off to Barren Grounds along Jamberoo Mountain Road. After the 60 km/h bends on Jamberoo Mountain Road the speed goes back to 80km/h and you go up a slight hill. At the top of the hill on the left is a dirt pull-off marked with two signs Budderoo Plateau and Budderoo National Park. Follow the dirt road in about 200m to a carpark before the locked gate.
Toilets/Water: No
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Easy return walk on a fire trail. Approx 5hour total. Some shade.
Bring: Carry - water, hat, sunscreen, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. You may want to bring lunch to have back at the car after the walk ends.


Meeting, Tuesday 2nd July 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre

Nigel Jacket
Birds of New Zealand ‐ Nigel will be speaking to us via a ZOOM link.


Thursday 4th July 12.30pm
Wollongong Botanic Garden ‐ Lunchtime Walk

Walk Leader: Martin Potter ‐ 0437 683 677 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A gentle stroll through the Garden, via the Duck Pond, rainforest and other habitats.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime; if this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets.
Toilets/Water: Yes
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: An easy 1.7 km walk on paved or mulched paths. A circuit is walked lasting 1-1.5 hours. Some seats.
Bring: Carry ‐ water, hat & sunscreen. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: This is an especially good walk for new and inexperienced birders, and also for photographers.


Saturday 13th July 8:30am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader:
Walk Description: Walking around the Tallawarra Ponds - looking for shorebirds and waterbirds, some woodland birds.
Parking: Drive into Yallah Bay Rd which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. Yallah Bay Rd is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Meet at the carpark opposite the security gates just before the bridge.
Toilets/Water: No (toilet is available at the Security check in)
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: 4kms round trip, easy walk on wide trails. Minimum shade.
Bring: Water, hat, sturdy shoes, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Path may be muddy after rain. Bring a scope if you have one.

 


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