Birdwatching in Sydney

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Outings - seeing Australia's beautiful birds
Birdwatching outings are heaps of fun. The Cumberland Bird Observers' Club holds at least 40 outings every year all over the greater Sydney area. Outings usually start at about 8.30am and go into the afternoon (if the birding is good and participants willing, sometimes very late). There is no compulsion to stay until the very end and some people choose to leave at lunch time. Transport to most outings is by car although occasionally there are bus trips.

Field outings are informal, catering for birdwatchers of all capabilities, and helpful, friendly advice on all aspects of birding is always available. Typically, stops for birdwatching are made at a number of locations during the day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch.
Birding with Cumberland Bird Observers

Things to bring: All you need to bring are binoculars, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, food, drink, a chair and comfortable shoes. Take the leader's phone number with you in case you need to contact them. Some outings are on rough dirt tracks so you may need walking boots. A small backpack can be handy, especially if lunch is to be eaten some distance from the cars. A field guide for identifying birds is also handy but not essential.

Outings will proceed irrespective of the weather (leaders always turn up, even if no-one else does!), except for venues at risk during high fire danger warnings. If in doubt, phone the leader.

It's not uncommon to see about 50 species of birds on an outing, even in winter when most of the migratory birds are still in the northern hemisphere. On very good days, 75 species can be seen or heard, and on really bonza birding days, over 100 species can be located. There are no guarantees. Anything could turn up! That's part of the fun of birdwatching.

No bookings are required (except for bus trips and any special outings where breakfast is supplied) - so just turn up. Outings are on Saturdays, Sundays and mid-week. Details of outings are published in the bi-monthly CBOC Newsletter and on this website.


When attending field outings ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, including wet weather gear in inclement weather and suitable footwear. It is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and to carry water.

Please sign the attendance register at field outings and also at the meetings.

If you leave the outings early please let the leader know before you go.

Participants attend at their own risk and should refrain from any behaviour that might put themselves or others at risk. That includes assessing whether they have a level of fitness required for the advertised outings. If in doubt contact the outing leader beforehand.

If you have any questions about any outing, contact Keith Brandwood email or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Upcoming outings are:
March 4, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Stockton Sandspit, Newcastle
Meet at Stockton Sandspit. Follow B63 and cross the Hunter River going towards Kooragang then cross a second bridge. Immediately after crossing the second bridge turn right into Fullerton Road and then immediately right on a small road leading to the underside of the bridge. Leader Greg McLachlan - 0405 578 967
March 4, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Scheyville National Park
We will have the exceptional opportunity to observe birds up close as we visit the bird banding team and learn about the vital information this research can provide for bird conservation.
For details contact Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
March 14, 2018
Wednesday 9.00am
Royal National Park (Joint IBOC outing)
Meet at Wattle Forest picnic area at Audley. Enter park at Audley end. After crossing Audley Weir, turn right onto Lady Carrington Drive. Turn right to cross the white wooden bridge, then turn left and continue to the end of this road to Wattle Forest. Car entry fee of $12 is payable unless you have an All Parks pass. Leader Charles Dove - 0417 422 302
March 24, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Wisemans Ferry Area
Meet in car park at Wisemans Ferry Hotel, Wisemans Ferry. Leader Keith Brandwood - 0447 457 554
April 1, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Castlereagh Nature Reserve
Meet opposite the car wreckers yard on Northern Rd, Berkshire Park. Leader Mark Fuller - 9521 5470 or 0428 589 982
April 11, 2018
Wednesday 8.30am
Central Coast (Half day outing with CCBNSW)
Meet at Bulls Quarry Entrance, Woy Woy Rd, Kariong. Coming from the junction of Central Coast Highway & Woy Woy Rd, Kariong, the quarry entrance is on your right, 6 kms from the junction. Leader Christina Port - 0421 691 317
April 21, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Richmond Lowlands
Meet at Pugh's Lagoon, Francis Street, Richmond. Leader Keith Brandwood - 0447 457 554
April 29, 2018
Sunday 8.00am
Bowen Mountain (Private Property)
Meet in the car park, North Richmond Shopping Centre, on Bells Line of Road. Leader Colin Scouler - 0421 844 146
May 9, 2018
Wednesday 8.30am
West Head, Ku-ring-gai National Park
Meet at the lookout at the end of West Head Road. Leader Adrian Dick - 0451 825 403
May 19, 2018
Blue Gum Creek, Annangrove
May 27, 2018
Auburn Botanical Gardens and Duck Creek
June 6, 2018
Scheyville National Park
June 23, 2018
Wianamatta Regional Park, Ropes Crossing
June 24, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Royal National Park
Royal National Park has an amazing diversity of habitats and bird species. We may even hear a Lyrebird mimicking other birds!
For details contact Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
July 1, 2018
Cumberland State Forest and Fred Caterson Reserve
July 11, 2018
Heathcote National Park
July 14, 2018
Members Social Meeting
July 21, 2018
Mistral Point, Maroubra
July 29, 2018
Annual Raptor Count
August 8, 2018
Central Coast (Half day outing with CCBNSW)
August 25, 2018
Beginners and New Members Outing - Lake Belvedere, Sydney Olympic Park
September 2, 2018
Yellowmundee and Yarramundi (Joint outing with BMBO)
September 8, 2018
Deep Water Creek, Milperra
September 12, 2018
Old Brush Studio, Brunkerville
September 15, 2018
Capertee Valley and Regent Honeyeater Census
September 23, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - TBC
Nesting season! As well as looking for a variety of breeding species, we will coordinate with the Powerful Owl Project and may be lucky enough to see these magnificent birds and learn about the research.
For details contact Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
September 30, 2018
Mitchell Park, Cattai
October 10, 2018
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks
October 20, 2018
Wheeny Creek
October 28, 2018
Cumberland Land Conservancy Property "Wallaroo", Mulgoa
November 7, 2018
Newmans Road, Glenorie
November 18, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Mason Park, Concord
Shorebirds come and spend our summer here all the way from Siberia! We hope to find some among the local waterbirds, and many terrestrial birds on the way.
For details contact Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
November 24, 2018
Bus Trip - Wollongong Botanic Gardens and Killalea Lagoon
December 2, 2018
Botany Bay
December 5, 2018
Photographic Outing
December 16, 2018
Mason park and Sydney Olympic Park
More information: Outings co-ordinator Keith Brandwood

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