Nest robbing at kurnell?

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Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?
From: Stephen Ransom <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:20:35 +1100
I had a very weird experience happen at kurnell recently at a site on Captain 
cook drive that I have been told is called the megamix swamp. It's an access 
point to weeney bay/quilbray bay.
There were 3 guys gathered around the boot of their car when I arrived who 
behaved in such a suspicious manner that it was almost laughable....hastily 
shutting the boot etc, and when I walked towards the path (and them) staring at 
me to the point where I asked them what they were looking at, at which point 
they said 'nothing, nothing' then jumped in the car and drove off.
When I went down to the swamp, it was low tide, about 6pm and there were 
another 3 guys down there wading through the mud with buckets, 2 still a long 
way off, walking towards the exit where I was. When they saw me they stopped 
walking and sort of lingered. I left fairly quickly as they had driven all the 
birds away. When I got back to the car, the guys who had driven off earlier 
drove past and on seeing I was still there, kept on going. Then I drove off and 
as I was heading out, saw the car had again turned around and was now heading 
back in the direction if the swamp.
It was blatantly suspicious behavior, and at the time I assumed it was illegal 
dumping of some sort. Upon reflection however, they apparently were collecting 
something, and had it (or at least some if it) in the car boot when I got 
there. They had been wading towards the mouth of the bay. So upon reflection I 
have formed the opinion that it was more likely nest robbing. It's the right 
time if year for it too.
If I'm right, anyone got any idea what they might have been taking? I think 
there's a little tern colony out there right? Also little penguins?
All comments welcome. Not sure what to do with the info or who to report to.

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