Nest robbing at kurnell?

To: "'Stephen Ransom'" <>
Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:02:43 +1100
I have no idea but from the story you tell I would assume no connection with
birds unless there is a very good reason to think otherwise. Maybe they were
selling drugs from the car boot, hence the odd behaviour or maybe meeting
for a rendezvous that was not of for public knowledge. Maybe the other guys
out on the mud were entirely unconnected with those at the car. If not
dumping rubbish (illegally if not unethically) probably collecting worms or
molluscs likely for fishing bait (as I think Anthea was suggesting). It is
far more likely that they might think you were concerned about are they
selling drugs or collecting worms than birds. I wonder why they might think
you would be interested in birds. Are there any birds nesting on the tidal
mud? And why would anyone have any interest in collecting anything from them
if there was, let alone that many people? 


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Stephen Ransom
Sent: Tuesday, 22 October 2013 7:21 AM
To: Birding-Aus aus
Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?

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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