More than 440 bird species have been recorded in the Hunter Region but this includes many vagrants and rare visitors. So, we celebrate whenever anyone chalks up 300 birds seen in the region. About 25 people have done so.
Bruce Watts is the latest, and at Wednesday night's club meeting Bruce was presented with his 300 Club badge. And, we announced a new badge series - based on the number of birds photographed within the region.
Bruce became the first recipient, as he has assiduously been photographing all of the species he sees (with just a few dips). Most people will still be working their way towards the minimum level, for 200 birds photographed. NB these have to have been taken within the Hunter Region.
During the meeting we also heard talks on Bush Stone-Curlew (by Stuart Fleming) and the birds of the Gloucester Tops (by Alan Stuart).
Alan Stuart's talk can be viewed here
June Bird of the Month
It's a bit unusual to be mentioning shorebirds in winter as most of our visiting ones are currently at their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere. However, the Double-banded Plover is a different situation.
There is a sub-species of DBP which breeds in high altitude parts of the South Island of New Zealand in summer and then migrates to Australia in winter. Most go to southern Australia; the Hunter Region is on the northern fringe of their range but we host a few hundred of them each winter.
They are found along sandy beaches with dune systems (e.g. Newcastle Bight). When they arrive they are in non breeding plumage, by August-September when about ready to leave, they have coloured up considerably.
Photo: Dan Allen.
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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.