Blue Gum Swamp - Bottom of the Blue Mountains

$140 Limited inc GST / $126
Blue Gum Swamp - Bottom of the Blue Mountains

We will be visiting some of the birding sites on the western outskirts of Sydney where the Blue Mountains meet the Cumberland Plain: travelling to our tutor’s favourite spots to see Brown Cuckoo-Dove,

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We will be visiting some of the birding sites on the western outskirts of Sydney where the Blue Mountains meet the Cumberland Plain: travelling to our tutor’s favourite spots to see Brown Cuckoo-Dove, White-naped Honeyeater and Eastern Yellow Robin. And then to Blue Gum Swamp at the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park which boasts Red-browed Treecreeper as well as White-throated. Bound to be plenty to learn and enjoy. Please Note: there is a short (200 metres) steep section on the firetrail. Medium level of mobility required.


Meeting Location: Outside Katmandu, corner of Kent and Bathurst Streets (Around the corner from WEA House) - Please arrive 15 minutes early to enable us to leave on time. If for any reason you are running late please phone us on the mobile: 0403 875 416.


Students need to bring their own lunch, tea and coffee is provided at morning tea and with lunch, binoculars, bird book if you have one, hat, sunscreen, drink bottle, raincoat, pen, and wear comfortable walking shoes.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Simpson and Day
  • The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater


COURSE OUTLINE
Please Note: This an approximate schedule; bearing in mind the ultimate beauty of birdwatching in the field is the extraordinary things you can see unexpectedly. If these delights should be bestowed upon us, the day’s itinerary will change to meet these needs.

  • Welcome & Overview – Picnic Area & en route in our Toyota Coaster Bus: Attractions of birdwatching, Introduction of materials available, Outline of course
  • Walk 1 – Getting Started with Equipment, Guide to using binoculars
  • Walk 2 – How to Identify a Bird, & all things natural
  • Walk 3 – Getting Started, Blue Gum Swamp
  • Review of today’s activities: Bird Checklist, How to use a checklist, Birds that you’d expect to find in the Sydney region



PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use binoculars, a telescope, a field guide
  2. Identify some common water and bush birds
  3. Recognise the major characteristics of some of the different species
  4. Understand the relationship between different birds and their habitats.


ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Since 1994, Carol Probets has been designing and teaching courses in bird identification and other environmental topics; and takes part in regular field work including radio-tracking Regent Honeyeaters in the Capertee Valley. Carol’s wide knowledge comes from a childhood fascination and 20 years of walking the mountains studying birdlife, flora and environment. She shares her passion by working as a guide, engaging in voluntary projects such as bird banding, wildlife rehabilitation and bush regeneration.