Nest robbing at kurnell?

To: Troy Mutton <>
Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?
From: Stephen Ransom <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:29:02 +1100
Hello all,
Thanks to everyone for your comments. I agree that collecting for fishing bait 
in an area where they know it's not legal to do so is the most likely answer. 
It's not a good thing obviously, but I feel better about that than I did 
thinking they were taking eggs. 

Kind regards,

Sent from my iPhone

> On 22 Oct 2013, at 12:10 pm, Troy Mutton <> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers
> Troy

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