At our meeting this week, we were delighted to present this year's Wilma Barden Memorial Grant to Ross Crates from ANU.
Ross is undertaking a PhD project on "The ecology and conservation of the Regent Honeyeater", a species vitally connected to the Hunter Region.
It is Critically Endangered nationally (and locally) and there has been a dramatic decline in numbers.
There are breeding records from many Hunter Region locations, the most easterly being from the Tomalpin Woodlands near Kurri Kurri (which are under threat of "development").
We hope Ross's project will help make some inroads into the dire outlook for Regent Honeyeaters!
We have added a new page under the field studies menu called Report a banded bird. Use this page to report a sighting of a banded bird.
August Bird of the Month
It's winter and so it's time to talk about albatrosses. We have lots of different species of albatross visit our region in winter but many of those are only encountered well out to sea (near the continental shelf) and/or they are vagrants.
The species most likely to be seen from land are Indian Yellow-nosed and "Black-browed type". We express it that way because there are two closely related species, Black-browed and Campbell, that we get here and it's not easy to tell them apart.
One of the photos shows both species (hence you can work out the difference), the other shows an adult Black-browed captured in its majestic flight. They really are magnificent birds!
Photos: Mick Roderick, Dan Allen.
Can you help?
Francoise Lermite, is the inaugural recipient of a Wilma Barden Memorial Grant for her PhD studies on Common Mynas. Francoise is also seeking information about the "other miner", being the Noisy Miner. For more information about the grants Click here for details.