Nest robbing at kurnell?

To: "'Stephen Ransom'" <>, "'Birding-Aus aus'" <>
Subject: Nest robbing at kurnell?
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:51:29 +1100
>From NSW National Parks:-
"The Sanctuary Zone includes Weeney Bay, Quibray Bay and Stinkpot (Towra)
Bay. Within the Sanctuary Zone you can only observe: you must not disturb
the marine environment in any way."
Fishing is the largest participant sport/pastime in Australia. 10:1 they
were gathering bait illegally.

-----Original Message-----
From: 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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