NSW Prospect Reservoir - western Sydney (8th April 07)

To: "'Alistair McKeough'" <>
Subject: NSW Prospect Reservoir - western Sydney (8th April 07)
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 22:10:05 +1000
Hi Alistair

Myself and the bird banding team have special permission from both the
Sydney Catchment Authority and the NSW govt. to perform our monthly surveys
in the non-public areas of the reservoir. However despite this good birding
can be had around the picnic areas (the one at George Maunder Lookout is the
best area) esp. when there are fewer crowds.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alistair McKeough 
Sent: Monday, 9 April 2007 8:13 PM
To: Edwin Vella
Subject: NSW Prospect Reservoir - western Sydney (8th
April 07)


Your reports on Prospect are always tantalising, but I've always found the
good bits are fenced off with signs warning against trespass. Does one need
access to the closed areas, or am I just missing some obvious habitat?


On 08/04/07, Edwin Vella <> wrote:

Today (8th April 2007) I experienced a pleasant Autumn morning birding at
Prospect Reservoir (approx. 40km west of Sydney CBD). It was mainly sunny,
cool to start with and then some humidity developing later in the morning.

In the bush, there was a good mixture of Winter, Summer and resident birds
including Fan-tailed Cuckoos (very vocal), a few Rose Robins (a few
female/Immature birds but no adult males seen yet), a family of Crested
Shrike-tits (a pair with a young bird), several Golden and a few Rufous
Whistlers, a few Rufous Fantails and numerous Grey Fantails (the former
species often move through Prospect in April and the later species appear to

be very common this time of year at Prospect from birds which have moved in
from down south or from the Great Dividing Range), Noisy Friarbird,
Yellow-faced and Scarlet Honeyeaters (a few of both species stay all year
round. No migrating flocks of Yellow-faced as yet), lots of Mistletoebirds
and Silvereyes, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, Varied Sittellas, some
Double-barred Finches and Dusky Woodswallows.

The highlight of the morning was a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles circling high

above Prospect (the 4th time of I have recorded this species at Prospect and
the second time I have seen a pair there). There was also one of the
resident White-bellied Sea-eagles, a brief sighting of a Goshawk (too quick
and distant to determine whether it was either one of the regular Grey or
Brown Goshawks), 600 plus Coots and less than a dozen Great Crested Grebes
(as with previous years numbers may build to a 100-200 towards the winter).

There were a few trees in flower with quite a few mahogany's in bud and
almost ready for the Swift Parrots which should be in Sydney by now. (I have
had them at Easter time close to the area at least once).

Edwin Vella

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