Osprey distribution

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Subject: Osprey distribution
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 17:50:43 +1000
I missed the discussion on inland Ospreys during May so didn't comment then but as I have been researching the species for some decades and studied the species for my Master of Science Degree, I thought I would give my five cents worth now.
Alan Morris's comments are correct.  Lake Macquarie is, and has been for over a century, the southern limit of breeding of the Osprey in New South Wales.  There was one attempt to nest on the Central Coast in the early to mid 1990's.  There are regular sightings of single birds, and occasionally pairs, as far south as Sydney and even down to the far south coast.  Despite this breeding has not been confirmed in these southern areas.  Inland observations occur during the non-breeding season and I have seen them at the Hanging Rock Broadwater near Cangai, west of Jackadgery. I have observed a pair at their nest at Sherwood, west of Kempsey and they nest on Susan and Elizabeth Islands in the Clarence River at Grafton.  In Australia they are, however, principally birds of the coastline and estuaries as well as tidal rivers, unlike some Northern Hemisphere populations.
Greg Clancy
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