Upcoming Activities

Wednesday 22 June, Budderoo

8.30am, Leaders: David and Michelle Rower, Mobile 0421 335 037
Meet at the car park for Budderoo Fire Trail approximately 2.6km north of the turn-off to Barren Grounds along Jamberoo Mountain Road.  Please turn off to the left at the Budderoo National Park (plus Budderoo Plateau) sign and drive approximately three hundred metres along the dirt road to the car park beside a gate blocking the road.  Bring morning tea.

Tuesday 5 July, Evening Meeting - Coniston Community Centre

7.30pm, Speaker: Chris Davey, ‘Citizen science in action: the Gang-gang Cockatoo Survey’
The Gang-gang Cockatoo survey was a citizen science project initiated by the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) in 2014 to celebrate 50 years of birding in the ACT.  This ambitious survey project sought to shed light on the population and distribution of the Gang-gang in the COG region, which covers the ACT and immediate surrounds in NSW. The survey ran over 12 months and involved members of the community reporting sightings of the Gang-gang Cockatoo. Survey Project Manager, Chris Davey will discuss what was learned about the Gang-gang population and its habitat from the survey and from local community engagement. Implications for habitat management and the potential for further research will also be explored.  Please bring a plate to share.

Thursday 7 July, Lunch Time Walk in Botanic Gardens

12.30-1.30pm, Leader: Martin Potter, Mobile 0437 683 677
Lunch time bird walk. Meet at the Discovery Centre. We have permission to use the nearby car park on Madoline Street (off Irvine Street) as long as a car park pass is obtained from the Discovery Centre on arrival and displayed on your dashboard.

Sunday 10 July, Wader Count, Windang

8.30am, Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
Meet under the pines by Windang Surf Club for the wader survey.  A count that is part of the national “Shorebirds 2020” programme that will include: Windang Estuary, Why Juck Bay, Purry Burry Point. Bring morning tea.

Friday 15 July, Half-Day Pelagic from Kiama

The club is arranging a half-day pelagic boat trip with SOSSA on Friday 15 July leaving from Kiama Harbour.  Bookings for a place may be made by emailing Joeanne Katsikaros at
jkatsikaros8@bigpond.com <mailto:jkatsikaros8@bigpond.com> and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Full payment (non-refundable) will need to be made when your place on the trip has been confirmed.  The cost of the trip is $70 for members and $75 for non-members.  The boat will depart the harbour at Kiama at 7.00am and return at approximately 11.30am. Please be ready to board at 6.50am.  (Members may also wish to stay for fish and chips at the kiosk afterwards.) 
Directions:  If you are heading south through Kiama along Terralong Street, take the turning left towards the blowhole, and then the first left will take you to where the boats are moored. Parking is available at the blowhole car park further up the Blowhole Point Road.  The boat will go out rain or shine as long as the seas permit and you should consider taking warm clothes and wet weather gear as there is not much cover available on the boat.

Sunday 17 July Atlassing at Croome

8.30am, Leader: Martin Cocker, Mobile 0418 429 132
An atlas survey of this IB adopted site, about 2 hrs duration.  Meet at the oval car park at the end of the Tennis Court Entrance on Croome Road, Albion Park Rail.

Interested ?

If you want to find out more about the Illawarra’s amazing bird life, please come along to any of the events listed below . Club members will be happy to answer your questions and help you find wild birds - without obligation.

Welcome to the Illawarra!

The Illawarra is the name given to that part of New South Wales, Australia which is located south of Sydney, stretching from Stanwell Park in the north through the council areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. Its eastern boundary comprises the multitude of pristine beaches, cliffs and headlands where it meets the Tasman Sea. In the west the Illawarra escarpment rises, giving dramatic views over the landscape.  The wide range of habitats over a relatively small area results in a great diversity of birdlife. The waters off the Illawarra coast are also renowned as a world-class location for observing seabirds.

Illawarra Birders Inc. is a birding organisation based in the Illawarra. As well as providing a full programme of birding outings and other events, it has a particular interest in bird-related conservation and education. It is also building strong networks with other groups with an interest in birds (see ‘About Us’ for more).

Illawarra Birds - A Photo Guide: Brochure Now Available!

The Brochure has now been received from the printers and is
being distributed to outlets around the Illawarra.
Pick up your copy at the following outlets (more to follow):

Wollongong City Council offices, Burelli Street

Southern Gateway Centre, Bulli Tops

ABC Radio Illawarra 74 Kembla Street Wollongong

Futureworld Eco-technology Centre Northcliffe Dr Warrawong

Kiama Tourist Information Centre, Blowhole Point

DECC (NPWS) Office Crown St Wollongong

Visitor Centres, Minnamura Rainforest & Fitzroy Falls
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What we have done lately

Please submit your sightings to our atlas
Some interesting local sightings

One white-eared honeyeater, Budderoo Fire trail. Two blue-billed Ducks, Macquarie Rivulet Delta, in main pond.
Thanks Brian Deans

Avocets at Fred Finch Park this morning
Thanks David Winterbottom

Australasian Bittern at Tallawarra (restricted access)
Thanks Brian Deans

Southern Emuwren, White-cheeked & Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Maddens Plains power pylon track south of model aircraft field.
Thanks Graham Barwell

Bell Miners and Bar-shouldered doves. Farmborough heights fire station
Thanks Andrew Wood

Double banded plovers, Spotless Crake, 13 Freckled Ducks musk ducks and over 150 Pink-eared Ducks at Tallawarra
Thanks Carla Jacket with Illawarra birders
Two white headed pigeon - Columba Leucomela
Thanks Carol Benjamin