Sydney trip 4 to19 Jan2002

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Subject: Sydney trip 4 to19 Jan2002
From: "The Dam Lamb Service Clan" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 10:39:46 +1100
Have just returned from 2 week Sydney holiday with only one  day devoted to birding.Spent the 13th making first visit to Windsor area starting at Mitchell Park, on to Pitt Town Lagoon, then Mcgraths Hill Effluent Reuse Wetlands.Enjoyed McGraths Hill immensely, got 37 species in 90 minutes,best sightings being Spotted Crake, Baillon's Crake (7 in three different areas),Royal Spoonbill,Latham's Snipe, Glossy Ibis and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
           Pitt Town Lagoon is bone-dry, not a drop of water anywhere.Despite this saw 13 species with Masked Lapwing (30) and White-faced Heron (15) the only water birds. The centre of the lagoon contains the rotting remains of hundreds of large (35+cm) fish being picked-over by ravens.No wonder there have been few reports from there recently!!
         A gentle stroll at Mitchell Park brought-forth 40 species with nothing to excite a visiting Queenslander other than a pair of Red-whiskered Bulbuls.
       A week in the great metropolis itself had birding very much on the back-burner, though we did manage to see 20 species in a ferry ride from Circular Quay to Rydelmere, including a pair of Striated Heron in the upper reaches. At Potts Point spied a Bulbul on top of an adjacent building and loved to watch the flying foxes heading east at dusk (I presume Grey-headeds from the Botanic Gardens). Other than that it was bucketloads of Indian Mynas and Rock Doves.
            Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ
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