NEW CASTLE AREA (NSW) - 30/1/2000

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Subject: NEW CASTLE AREA (NSW) - 30/1/2000
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 20:16:14 +1100

Places visited today within 30 km around Newcastle (mid-coast NSW) were as follows:

KOORAGANG ISLAND NATURE RESERVE/STOCKTON AREA - Quite dissapointing this morning as myself anda few members of the Cumberland Bird Observers Club saw only 2-3 Pacific Golden Plovers, about 500 plus Curlew Sandpipers, 20 plus Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Whimbrels, about 15 Eastern Curlew, 5 Grey-tailed Tattlers and a Pied Oystercatcher. A Mangrove Heron, 2 Caspian Terns, Mangrove Gerygones, 3 White-bellied Sea-eagles were also seen at the Nature Reserve. At the Stockton Sewerage works was a female Musk Duck, and along the coast were hundreds of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters in rafts just behind the wave break aswell as atleast 100 Common Terns about the mouth of the Hunter River.

NEWCASTLE WETLANDS RESERVE, SANDGATE - Nesting Little Black Cormorants and a few Darters with almost fledged young on the nest were present at this swamp. White-breasted Woodswallows and both Fairy and Tree Martins also had young.

SEAHAM AREA (near Raymond Terrace) - lots of nesting Cattle Egrets, a few Little and Plumed Egrets aswell as Royal Spoonbills were nesting at Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve (These birds also nest at the Shortland Wetlands centre, a little closer to Newcastle). Also around the area were 8 Grey-crowned Babblers feeding in suburban gardens, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Striped Honeyeaters.

TARRO SWAMP - Lots of Waterbirds here in this wetland which often completely dries out. There were 300-400 Pied Stilts, 200 plus Sharp-tailed Sandpipers hundreds of Grey and Chestnut Teal, 4 Australasian Shovelers and a Glossy Ibis. I have passed this swamp a number of times in the past and have seen hundreds of Pied Stilts here a few years ago. However, I have never seen it as good as today. I recommend any birders passing by to visit this swamp as it has potential!!!



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