A trip to Ash Island in the Hunter Estuary NSW in
rain today did not yield the Australian Bittern, recently seen by others but I
can report that the migratory waders are returning with 11 Eastern Curlews, 1
Whimbrel, 3 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, 7 Greenshanks, 1 Marsh Sandpiper and 3
Red-necked Stints being present at low tide. Other birds also present included
269 Avocets, 98 Black-winged Stilts, 12 Pinkeared Duck & 126 Australian
Shovellers, as well as Red-kneed & Black-fronted Dotterels, Swamp Harriers,
Brown Falcon & Nankeen Kestrels.
Meanwhile back on the Central Coast, a Black
Bittern was seen at Wingello Ck Wyoming when on a walk with the Wingello Ck
Green corp group on Friday 24th August along with 20 Topknot Pigeons; our first
returning Wedge-tailed Shearwaters off Soldiers Point on 26 August & the
first Curlew Sandpiper for the season; 3 Double-banded Plovers in breeding
plumage at Pelican Point, Norah Head on 28 August; and 30 White-fronted Terns ,
4 Black-browed Albatross, Fairy Prions, Fluttering & Huttons Shearwaters off
Soldiers Point, Norah Head on 28 August 2001.
Alan K. Morris
Central Coast FOC.