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 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.


Saturday 29th 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. Approximately 4 hours total. Some shade.
Bring: Carry - water, hat, sunscreen, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: 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
A search for the Night Parrot in Western Australia ‐ Nigel will be speaking to us via a ZOOM link.

Nigel Jackett grew up in Kangaroo Valley and studied environmental science at the University of Wollongong. Nigel currently resides in Broome, where he works for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is involved in research projects in the Great Sandy Desert and Kimberley. He is also a researcher with the University of Queensland, nearing the completion of a PhD focussed on Northern Masked Owls.


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 Leaders: Martin and Penny Potter Ph 0437 683 677 ‐ please text 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 17th July 8:30am
Killalea Lagoon walk: Killalea Regional Park, Shell Cove

Walk Leader: Ralph Stadus Ph 041 2244 121. Please text Ralph if you plan to attend for any late changes.
Walk Description: A solid walk down to the lagoon along the beach and return around the lagoon and wooded areas. Mixture of habitats makes for an interesting walk.
Parking/Meeting Place: Near cafe inside the park. Killalea Drive Shell Cove.
Toilets/Water: Both at the parking area near cafe, none on the walk.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Some steep sections, sandy beach, grass and gravel wide paths. 4-5 km return. Approximately 3 hours, little shade.
Bring: Carry water, hat, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes. Something to sit on if it’s damp.
Notes: A wide variety of reasonable common birds, lists of 60 species not unusual.


Friday 26th July 8:30am
Stafford's Farm Track- Mt Kembla

Walk Leaders: Catherine Kirby and Fiona Leo. Please text 0405 214 480 if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A wide dirt track through beautiful eucalypt forest and rainforest sections with small running streams. Fabulous views of Mt Kemble and Lake Illawarra. A chance to see some of the rarer birds like Logrunners, Noisy Pitta and Crested Shrike-tit.
Parking/Meeting Place: Start of the walk is off Harry Graham Drive between O’Briens Management Trail and Wollongong Motorcycle Club. Parking is a bit restricted. 4-5 spots opposite the start of the walk. Otherwise park along Harry Graham Drive.
Toilets/Water: Bush toilet. Carry water.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: A 3km mainly shaded return trip. Slight incline on the way up. High point has a grassy area with trees. Approximately 3 hours.
Bring: Carry - water, hat, morning tea. Wear sturdy shoes.
Notes: Suggest leech protection if wet. Occasional mountain bikes use this path.


Thursday 1st August 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.


Meeting, Tuesday 6th August 2024, 7:30PM, Coniston Community Centre

Annual General Meeting and Member short presentations


Friday 9th August 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 18th September 8:30am
Lady Carrington Drive and Wattamolla, Royal National Park
[There is a fee for each car entering Royal National Park]

Walk Leader: Richard Smart ‐ 0414 972 236 ‐ please text if you plan to attend.
Walk Description: A walk along Lady Carrington Drive, returning to Audley for morning tea. Then drive to Wattamolla to explore the cliff top and coastal heath.
Parking/Meeting Place: Meet at the main car park at the RNP Visitors Centre, Audley.
Toilets/Water: At Audley Visitor Centre and at Wattamolla.
Terrain/Distance/Time/Shade/Seats: Lady Carrington Drive. Flat surface 4 km return. Approximately 2 hours, plenty of shade. Seats for morning tea at Audley. Rocky surface at Wattamolla, approximately 2 km, 1 hour return.
Bring: Carry water, hat, sun screen, morning tea (or buy at the Audley cafe). Wear sturdy shoes.

 


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