Tawny Grassbird

Subject: Tawny Grassbird
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 11:50:41 +1100
Hello Mark and Amanda,

Thank you for the link to your bird on Long Reef Golf Course. I'm very happy to 
know that Tawny Grassbirds are still in the general area - the nearest possible 
suitable habitat may now be around Dee Why Lagoon although the artificial 
wetlands now established on the golf course may just be big enough to support a 
pair of grassbirds. Back in the 1950s when that was one of my favourite areas 
(both golfing and birdwatching!) Tawny Grassbirds used to nest in rank 
swordgrass swamp up along South Creek Road but that area is now occupied by 

The habitat around Dee Why Lagoon then wasn't suitable for Tawny Grassbirds but 
it was a great place for Little Grassbirds and Cisticolas. Since that time, the 
surrounds at Dee Why Lagoon have been "protected" from fire and appear to be 
much taller and more dense than in the past. The pictures on my website of both 
the nesting grassbirds were taken there and along South Creek Road.

Best wishes

Graeme Chapman

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