"Marc Anderson" <>
Fri, 27 Jul 2001 09:45:49 +0000
went for a quick sea watch off Cape Solander at Kurnell (Sydney)
today & stopped to have a look at the nearby Metromix wetland at Cronulla.
The wind was blowing a gale from the south & there were a few seabirds to be
seen in the short 30 mins or so I was there.
Seen from the coast were several Black-browed & Yellow-nosed Albatross,
Gannets & Fluttering Shearwater & 2 Humpback Whales.
The water level at the Metromix wetland seems ideal for many species at the
moment (well, it does to me, whether or not the birds feel this way may be
another story!) - plenty of muddy margins & shallow puddles, maybe a chance
for some rails. 2 Black-winged Stilts were present today, as was a Pied
Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Great Egret, 2 x Royal Spoonbills, a
White-bellied Sea Eagle & a Golden Whistler.
I have compiled a list of birds that I have found to be recorded at this
wetland (& immediate surrounds) using birding aus archives & my own
experience at the site. So far it amounts to 75 species including some
interesting ones such as Lewins Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Spotless Crake,
Australian Crake, Pacific Gull, Spotted Nightjar, Southern Emu Wren & Brown
Honeyeater. I am sure there would be a few more to add so if anyone has seen
anything that I have not recorded let me know & I'll add it on.
The list so far:
Pacific Black Duck
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Rufous night Heron
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Superb Fairy Wren
New Holland Honeyeater
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Clamorous Reed Warbler
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