Nest robbing at kurnell?

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Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?
From: Troy Mutton <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 01:10:03 +0000
Hi Stephen,

I'm pretty familiar with Metromix (not megamix - I assume autocorrect?) Swamp, 
and about the only birds of any sort of rarity that nest there are Pied 
Oystercatcher. It's popular with fisherpeople, rubbish dumpers, sleeping 
truckies, and local teenagers looking for a place to have a sneaky drink and/or 
smoke, etc. There's rarely loads of birds there anyway, but it can be worth a 
look. There are Little Terns but they are much further out on the spit in Towra 
Point NR - about 3-4 km from Metromix as the tern flies. I'm not aware of any 
nesting penguins in the immediate area.

As others have said, I'd be putting it down to bait collecting. You'll 
occasionally see fisherpeople down at Quibray Bay, out on the sand after having 
walked past National Parks' signs saying "don't go here" collecting molluscs as 
well. I can only assume that when the Greenhills development across the road is 
finished, that this wetland will become largely useless for birding due to 
increased disturbance.


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