I live across from Cockatoo Island and can confirm that they do breed there
(whether regularly or not).
On 28/10/2011, at 3:21 PM, Chris Gregory wrote:
> Last year I took the ferry to Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. At the
> opposite end of the island from the ferry, near the chimney stack and
> Building 68 and the Sutherland Dry Dock (see map
> http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/pubs/map-cockatoo2.pdf ) I was mobbed by
> Silver Gulls. I saw a few young gulls in the buildings. I didn't linger but
> I assumed at the time this was a SG nesting site. Not sure if this was just
> a few individuals or part of a larger colony. Do you know if this a SG
> breeding site?
> Chris Gregory
> On 28 October 2011 14:47, Andrew Taylor <> wrote:
>> I revisited the Silver Gull colony in Pyrmont on Saturday by kayak.
>> I spotted about a dozen gulls too young to fly as we cruised around.
>> I would expect there would be at least as many again not visible.
>> A number of adults appear to be sitting on nests.
>> As I understand it, every year a few Silver Gulls nest on pilings and
>> moored boats in quieter parts of Sydney Harbour like Homebush Bay,
>> but this is the first time larger numbers have bred in Sydney since
>> 1992 when there was a colony in derelict barges in Rozelle Bay not
>> far from Pyrmont. There is of course a large colony on Five Islands
>> off Wollongong.
>> Andrew Taylor
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