Whipbirds & Ospreys in NSW

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Subject: Whipbirds & Ospreys in NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 12:11:12 +1000
Hi Birders,
I was interested to note Colin Driscoll's comments about the silence of the
Eastern Whipbirds in recent weeks. Just to the south of Lake Macquarie LGA,
in Wyong LGA, on behalf of the local council, I am carrying out a bird
monitoring survey that involves surveying 36 two ha sites on a three monthly
basis for different habitat types. During 2004 I am surveying in coastal
littoral rainforest, and other rainforest, Blue Gum & Swamp Mahogany forest
types. Generally speaking Whipbirds were heard and seen in those sites
during April where they were expected to occur. Agreed that maybe the
calling was not as strong as in spring/summer, but the birds were calling
never the less.

I was also interested to note the question of an Osprey being seen on the
Hawkesbury River at Penrith on 8 May 2004. While Ospreys are generally
associated with estuaries and coastal regions in NSW, they are not adverse
to feeding on the coastal rivers well upsteam of the estuary. So that
Ospreys would be expected to occur well up the Richmond and Clarence Rivers
in northern NSW. What is unusual about the Hawkesbury bird is that the
current breeding distribution of Ospreys in NSW is from the Queensland
border south to Lake Macquarie. Only straggleers seem to occur further
south.  The issue with the Penrith bird is that  it is unusual to see one
anywhere on the Hawkesbury River, not just upstream at Penrith. Over the
years however, there have been a number of records of Ospreys on some of the
inland rivers of NSW, so they are not just confined to the coast..

During March & April 2004 , an Osprey was being seen regularly along
Ourimbah Creek which feeds into Tuggerah Lake at both Lees Reserve and at
Chittaway Point.

Alan Morris
Records Officer, Birding NSW

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