Ospreys in NSW

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Subject: Ospreys in NSW
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:25:36 +1000
Hi Birders,
David Page asked whether the records for Ospreys reported from the western
rivers etc were in fact errors as the breeding population is confined to the
north east coast of NSW.
That is answer is No!. There are many records for Ospreys at the large water
storages and larger inland rivers of NSW and these are genuine records,
presumably young birds wandering and looking for territories. However for
whatever reason, there are no inland breeding records as yet for Ospreys in

The reports from Narrabeen Lakes of a pair that appear to be resident there
for the past few years are of interest. However three birds don't constitute
a breeding record unless of course an adult was actually seen feeding one of
the birds. In the literature there are records of three, fours and groups of
birds feeding together that were known not to be a family. If we could find
a nest at Narrabeen Lakes, and they should be nesting now, it would be a
better breeding record. There have been regular sightings of pairs in the
Eurobodalla Shire, near Moruya, but no nest has been found.

Alan Morris,
Records Officr, Birding NSW

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