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 Greg McLachlan email or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Upcoming outings are:
August 8, 2018
Wednesday 8.30am
Central Coast (Half day outing with CCBNSW)
Meet at McPherson Road Swamp, Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah (opposite CCC Church). Leader Alan Morris – 0418 269 482
August 25, 2018
Saturday 8.00am
Beginners and New Members Outing - Lake Belvedere, Sydney Olympic Park
Enter Bicentennial Park from Homebush Bay Drive and meet in Waterview Convention Centre car park overlooking Lake Belvedere. Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
September 2, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Yellowmundee and Yarramundi (Joint outing with BMBO)
Meet at the Yellowmundee Regional Park carpark on Springwood Road just before the steep ascent to Hawkesbury Heights. Leader Mark Ley – 0416 199 638
September 8, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Deepwater Creek, Milperra
Meet in the car park near the pond in Maxwell Ave, Milperra. Note: No toilet facilities are available at Deepwater Park. It is planned to also visit Riverside Park, Chipping Norton and Lake Gillawarna, Georges Hall. Leader Daniel McDonald - 0404 374 362
September 12, 2018
Wednesday 9.00am
Old Brush Studio, Brunkerville
Meet near a round-about at the corner of Palmers Rd and Freemans Drive at Freemans Waterhole. There are 2 garages at this corner and we meet at the left hand one coming from the highway when you leave it at Freemans Drive, (B82). The meeting place is about 5kms from Brunkerville. Please let Robyn Pedersen know if you are going on the outing. A donation of $2 per person is requested to help pay for upkeep of amenities. Leader Robyn Pedersen – 0438 989 422
September 15, 2018
Saturday 9.30am
Capertee Valley and Regent Honeyeater Census
Meet at the corner Glen Alice and Glen Davis Rds. Capertee Valley. Leader Cathy Goswell — 0418 865 421
September 23, 2018
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.
Ring the leader for further details re meeting place and time. Ren้e Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
September 30, 2018
Sunday 8.00am
Mitchell Park, Cattai
Meet in the first picnic area in Mitchell Park, Mitchell Park Road, Maraylya. Entry Fee $7.00 unless you have a National Park sticker. Leader Colin Scouler — 0421 844 146
October 1, 2018
Monday 11am
Teenage Birders Group
Meet at the Coastal Environment Centre, Pelican Path, Lake Park Rd, North Narrabeen. Jayden will cover basics of birdwatching and birds themselves. This will be followed by a field outing to Warriewood wetlands until around 5pm. Participants should bring lunch, water, binoculars and field guides if they have them. Leader Jayden Walsh - 0412 088 754 or
October 10, 2018
Wednesday 8.00am
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
Meet at Windsor Downs Nature Reserve. At Windsor Downs turn off Richmond Road into Sanctuary Drive and proceed slowly along this narrow roadway through the estate to the meeting point at the far end of the Drive. Leader Adrian Dick — 0451 825 403
October 20, 2018
Saturday 8.30am
Wheeny Creek
Meet in Comleroy Road, Kurrajong, Matheson Park on the left just after entering Comleroy Road from Bells Line of Road. Leader Keith Brandwood — 0447 457 554
October 28, 2018
Sunday 8.30am
Cumberland Land Conservancy Property "Wallaroo", Mulgoa
850 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa. Directions (from Penrith/M4) head south along Mulgoa Road meeting point on the left just past Nepean Christian School (shared entrance with Mulgoa Tip). Leader Mark Fuller — 0424 440 140
November 10, 2018
New Date Newmans Road, Glenorie (Dawn Chorus)
November 25, 2018
New DateNestlings 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.
Ring the leader for further details re meeting place and time. Ren้e 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 Greg McLachlan

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