Hunter Region Birds

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Subject: Hunter Region Birds
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 19:18:50 +1100

Hey all


I reckon the NSW Hunter region is one of the best birding regions in Oz (and this is no over-statement) in terms of bird variety. Having developed a good knowledge of the birds in the area over the past 10 years I have found this definitely true to the point. There would be more than 400 species and I am sure over time that there will be more added!


It’s great to see such a splendid mix of birds all close to one of Australia’s major cities and provides a good day/weekend trip for many people living in Sydney.


The area can also be considered one of the rarity capitals in Oz with Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, SIPO, Garganey, Northern Shoveler and the long list goes on…


Edwin Vella  


-----Original Message-----
From: [ On Behalf Of Mick Roderick
Sent: Friday, 18 November 2005 2:35 PM
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Hunter Region Birds


Hi everyone,


I don't know why this was made such a big deal of. My article was a post-Twitchathon 'letter to the editor' basically explaining the concept of the Twitchathon to the general a public forum. It was in simple layman terms, outlining the importance of (a) the Hunter Region for birds and (b) the fundraising element of the Thon for bird conservation.


My source for the number of Hunter Birds, as Alan has pointed out, was the HBOC records (and included off-shore pelagic birds). My point was to bring to the general public's attention that we (in the Hunter) live not only in a coal-fired industrial heartland (sic), but in a very important region ecologically. Most people in Newcastle don't realise what is just outside their front door. I also wanted to gather interest in the Thon and it's fundraising importance (incidentally, there's a half-hour documentary on ABC Radio National airing on Nov 30 and repeated on Dec 3 on the NSW chapter of the Twitchathon...should be fun!).


The reference to Kakadu was simply aimed at surprising the public, as the public has a perception of Kakadu with 1000's of birds (flying Magpie Geese etc etc) and I just wanted to illustrate that we have more in our region and to try and get people out there and interested! Nothing more. 

Looking at Phil's won't be too long before individuals have seen 400+ in the Hunter!



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