Black-necked (Satin) Stork monitoring Richmond River, north coast NSW

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Subject: Black-necked (Satin) Stork monitoring Richmond River, north coast NSW
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:28:41 +1000
Yesterday a group of local birdos visited a number of areas in the Richmond 
River Valley to monitor breeding storks.  The following are the results:

Site 1 - Genebeeinga Wetlands Casino - no Storks - Swamp Harrier (immature) and 
40+ Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, 7+ Glossy Ibis;

Site 2 - Cedar Point - no storks observed but extensive area of wetlands - 3+ 
Glossy Ibis, 1 Yellow-billed Spoonbill;

Site 3 - Round Swamp, Bruxner Highway - adult male BNS foraging (caught and ate 
3 eels, one small fish and one unidentified small animal), took off and flew 
north, disappeared behind house.  We chased it but when we arrived at Highway 
it was not visible.  We expected that it kept flying north (probably to nest 
with food for young, considering the amount of food intake).  Despite a search 
along Sextonville Road no sign of bird or nest;      Glossy Ibis, 2 juvenile 
White-bellied Sea-Eagles at Round Swamp.

Site 4 - the Piggery - local man (Adrian) informed us that one adult Stork had 
been killed on powerlines about 3 years ago and that the nest was blown from 
the nest tree during a storm.  Warren spotted an adult female BNS perched on 
broken branch of living Forest Red Gum to the south of the Piggery.  Potential 
nest site but no nest (or mate) observed.  5 adult Whiptail Wallabies, two with 
pouch young; 2 Rainbow Bee-eaters.

Site 5 - Stratheden Swamp - 9+ Pink-eared Ducks, 27+ Australasian Shovelers, 1 
female plumaged Blue-billed Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes;

Site 6 - Coraki Storks' nest - Adult bird standing on nest.  Sat down, probably 

Site 7 - Bungawalbin Creek Stork's nest - observed in poor light and from a 
distance - no birds observed on nest.  One White-throated Nightjar hawking over.

Greg Clancy

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