Pied Cormorants nesting at The Entrance, NSW

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Subject: Pied Cormorants nesting at The Entrance, NSW
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 08:53:13 +1000
Hi Birders,

Lina Holmes queried as to when the Pied Cormorants first started nesting at The Entrance on the Central Coast of NSW. They are nesting (c.150 prs) in a row of Norfolk Island Pines along the waterfront at the edge of the entrance to Tuggerah Lakes and the tree are the pride and joy of the Wyong Shire Engineer and the The Entrance Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately the Shire is pro Cocus Palms, Date Palms and Norfolk Island Pines as the first choice of trees to be used in the urban landscape. However, in more recent times, two local littoral rainforest trees Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis antarctica & the Magenta Lilli Pilli Syzigium magenta , are now also being used in tree plantings. The Pied Cormorants however like the Norfolk island Pines to nest in, and at night up to 3-400 Little Black Cormorants (depending on the season) join the Pied Cormorants in roosting in the trees.

Previous to this the Pied Cormorants during the 1990s and early 2000 nested at Colongra Swamp, a freshwater swamp adjoining Lake Munmorah, the most northern lake in the Tuggerah Lakes system. However due partly to the drought, and partly to long-wall mining 30 years ago, which caused subsidence under neath the swamp in the past 5 years, so that the bern between the freshwater swamp, and the salt water lake collapsed. The freshwater therefor more easily ran into the Lake, because the depth of the freshwater swamp was lower and together with the drought, meant that there was no longer sufficient water around the base of the Broad-leafed Paperbarks that the Pied Cormorants usually nested in. Last nesting at Colongra was 2001.

Council is very concerned about the damage to the trees that is taking place, but Cormornats are not the only birds causing damage, because at night, hundreds of Rainbow Lorikeets also come and roost in the Norfolk island Pines and spend much time during their waking hours chewing the ends of the branches!! I will attending a meeting today with Council, called to discuss the damage problem and will keep you posted.

Alan Morris

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