Our guest speaker at our September meeting was Mick Roderick who thrilled us with his tale of the great birds he’d encountered whilst being the bird guide on a trip from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia, Antarctica and actually landing on Cape Horn.
Prior to Mick’s talk, Alan Stuart told us about the new Birdata system and led a discussion about the importance of submitting bird records.
See the Hunter Wetlands birding route here for directions to this site, which is part of the Hunter Estuary IBA and comprises tidal and freshwater wetlands. Many species of waterbirds and shorebirds may be found here, depending upon tidal and rainfall influences, and more than a dozen types of raptor have been recorded.
September Bird of the Month
This jewel of our dry woodlands unfortunately is becoming scarce in the Hunter Region.
You can still find pairs reasonably readily in the west of the region e.g. out near Goulburn River National Park and Durridgere State Conservation Area.
In the central parts of the region it's now a lot harder to find them. There are some recent records from Werakata National Park (e.g. near Aberdare).
Photo: Alwyn Simple.
HBOC supports the National Atlas and submits records from all of its activities to the Birdata portal http://birdata.birdlife.org.au/.
We strongly encourage our members and visitors to do the same. Our club receives an annual export of all Hunter Region records and we use this information to find out how our local birds are faring.