Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast

To: "Tim Dolby" <>, <>
Subject: Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:24:56 +1000
Hi Tim,

I wondered why you were surprised that the record was a winter record. Noisy Pittas tend to move into lowland rainforest and scrub on the NSW north coast during the winter, being absent from these areas during the summer. It is thought that they simply move down from the mountains but it is probably more complex than that. I would have thought that winter time would be when stragglers were likely to occur in unusual places. Were earlier southern records in the summer? A great record anyway so good on Christopher. I am sure that I have walked that boardwalk some years back.



Dr Greg. P. Clancy
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-----Original Message----- From: Tim Dolby
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 5:32 PM
Subject: Noisy Pitta at Bermagui, NSW Far South Coast

Hi all,

For anyone currently in the far south coast area of NSW, a single Noisy Pitta has been photographed by Christopher Hemmingsen at Bermagui. See If you want to look for the bird, there's a boardwalk at end of Wallaga St, Wallaga Lake. Walk to end of boardwalk and then past a little hut. Here you'll come to shaded bush area along path. This is where the bird was seen. (Interested to hear about any follow ups.)

As far as I can tell, this easily represents Australia's most southerly record for Noisy Pitta. Perhaps another sign of changing times along Australia's south-east coast. A winter - rather than summer - record also seems unusual.


Tim Dolby

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