When Noela and I moved to Canberra from Darwin way back in 1986, Barbara Allan introduced us to COG. We went on our first field trip, it was to Lees Creek. Sorry I don't recall who was the leader. Bruce?
We saw a Powerful Owl and said wow they have great birds in the Canberra region!
We had no idea that the next one we would see in this area was the Nat Bot Gardens bird, just a few years ago!
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On 24 Jan 2016, at 7:15 PM, Mark Clayton <> wrote:
A pity that the trail is no longer an option as it was a terrific site, going from thick (?) Pomerderris (spelling??) and tree ferns in the gullies to dry forest
on the ridge. There are several other trails that I used to walk but these all seem to have disappeared as well. I rarely get out to Tidbinbilla these days.
As a postscript to my original article I went back several times and found what I assumed at the time to be “the” pair – one bird was on each branch of the
trail near where it split at the start. I did have some terrific photos of one of the owls but in the 40+ years since then I have no idea where they are.
From: John Bundock
Sent: Sunday, 24 January 2016 8:01 PM
To: 'David Rees'; 'Nathanael Coyne'
Cc: 'COG Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Better view of Powerful Owl
I looked today and found part of the trail. Overgrown with dense bush and saplings growing through it; the trail can’t be used.
From: David Rees
Sent: Sunday, 24 January 2016 12:59 PM
To: Nathanael Coyne
Cc: John Bundock; COG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Better view of Powerful Owl
Its the trail they did not reopen after the 2003 fires, hard to find entry point now, I have looked. pity as it was a good one.
On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Nathanael Coyne <> wrote:
Yes it starts from the the Mountain Creek carpark and loops around the peak to the north-east.
Shown on the NSW LPI topo maps but not in the Tidbinbilla walking trails map ... so you're probably right, it's no longer maintained after the fires.
On 23 January 2016 at 12:04, John Bundock <> wrote:
Great find, Geoff.
Does anyone know the location in Tidbinbilla of the Red Hill Nature Trail? The trail may have disappeared after the 2003 fire.
Sent: Saturday, 23 January 2016 11:03 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Better view of Powerful Owl
In the continued absence of the lost search facility for CBNs on the COG website it is necessary to search copy by copy to find items of immediate concern. One advantage of this
is you come across all sorts of irrelevant snippets of at least some historical interest. The below is an example –