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.


Meeting, Tuesday 5th March 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre

Glenn Smith
Glenn is a nature and wildlife photographer, spending most of his time in the Australian Botanic Garden photographing the three F’s: Flora, Fauna and Fungi.
Bird Photography within the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan


Thursday 7 March, 12.30pm, Wollongong Botanic Garden
Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
This is an especially good event for new and inexperienced Birders

Lunchtime bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime so it is suggested that you arrive early. If this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets. Allow 10 minutes to walk from the Murphys Street entrance to the Discovery Centre. Alternatively you may join the walk at the Duck Pond when we arrive there at around 12:40. Please send Martin a text to book a spot if you would like to attend.


Saturday 16th March 8am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower: 0421 335 037
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 20th March 8am
Bott’s Reserve & Bellambi Lagoon ‐ Bellambi

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐ 0400 606 189
Walk Description: A short stroll along a beach track amongst the Casuarinas then along the bike path to Bellambi Lagoon.
An especially good event for new and inexperienced birders
Parking: Armour St Bellambi ‐ park at Oval
Toilets/Water: 100m away at Bellambi Rock Pool
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Sandy beach track then bike path. 4 km return. Approx 3 hours, some shade, some benches at Bellambi Lagoon
Bring: Water, hat, morning tea (carry)
Notes: Some of the walk is on the bike path so beware of bikes


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

This will a night of watching Birding-related videos.

There will also be an Auction of the club's library books.


Thursday 4 April, 12.30pm, Wollongong Botanic Garden
Leader: George Zamroz, Mobile 0416 215 129
This is an especially good event for new and inexperienced Birders

Lunchtime bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime so it is suggested that you arrive early. If this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets. Allow 10 minutes to walk from the Murphys Street entrance to the Discovery Centre. Alternatively you may join the walk at the Duck Pond when we arrive there at around 12:40. Please send George a text to book a spot if you would like to attend.


Sunday 7th April 7pm
Jerrara Dam Mount Brandon Road ‐ Jerrara

Walk Leader: Ralph Stadus ‐ 0412 244 121
Walk Description: A spotlighting outing on the first day of ‘winter’ time. Sunset is at 5:45. We will walk a loop through the arboretum. This is experimental, Ralph has not done this walk at night before, however there are past sightings of Powerful Owls here.
Parking/Meeting Place: Park outside the gate on Mount Brandon Road.
Toilets/Water: No water but a drop toilet in picnic area.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Mostly even wide path, 1.5kms and about 90mins.
Bring: Carry water and a snack or eat an early dinner. Bring a torch or head-torch preferably with a red beam. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Whilst we will start just after sunset, most of this walk will be in the dark. There is no lighting at Jerrara and hence you need to be comfortable walking outside in the dark.


Saturday 12th April 8am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leaders: Michelle and Dave Rower: 0421 335 037
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.


Thursday 2 May, 12.30pm, Wollongong Botanic Garden
Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
This is an especially good event for new and inexperienced Birders

Lunchtime bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. Parking is available in the nearby car park on Madoline Street. However this can fill up quickly at lunchtime so it is suggested that you arrive early. If this car park is full then there may be more parking in the Murphys Street car park or the surrounding streets. Allow 10 minutes to walk from the Murphys Street entrance to the Discovery Centre. Alternatively you may join the walk at the Duck Pond when we arrive there at around 12:40. Please send Martin a text to book a spot if you would like to attend.


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

Andrew Knowlson
Andrew is an Illawarra Birder with a wealth of local and international Birding experience.
Birds of New Zealand


Saturday 11th May 8am
Tallawarra Wetlands: Yallah

Walk Leader: Glenniss Wellings: 0408 484 976
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.


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

Walk Leader: Belinda Baccarini ‐ 0400 606 189
Walk Description: All day birding, a private tour of the Plant Bank, lunch at the café 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.

 


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illawarabirdersinc@gmail.com

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