Kurnell 27/7

Subject: Kurnell 27/7
From: "Marc Anderson" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 09:45:49 +0000
Hi all,
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:

Maned Duck
Musk Duck
Black Swan
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Australasian Grebe
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Great Egret
Rufous night Heron
Striated Heron
Sacred Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Swamp Harrier
Buff-banded Rail
Lewin's Rail
Spotless Crake
Australian Crake
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Bar-tailed Godwit
Eastern Curlew
Common Greenshank
Grey-tailed Tattler
Pied Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Pacific Gull
Silver Gull
Spotted Turtle-dove
Topknot Pigeon
Crested Pigeon
Rainbow Lorikeet
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Shining Bronze-cuckoo
Spotted Nightjar
Sacred Kingfisher
Superb Fairy Wren
Southern Emu-wren
White-throated Scrubwren
Mangrove Gerygone??
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
New Holland Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Golden Whistler
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Australian Raven
Welcome Swallow
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Golden-headed Cisticola
Common Starling
Common Mynah

Marc Anderson
57 Parklands Ave
Heathcote. NSW.2233
ph: 02 9548 0448

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