Caves & Birds In Heathcoate National Park

$140 Limited inc GST / $126
Caves & Birds In Heathcoate National Park

A good strong walk in Heathcoate National Park with the finer details to be decided closer to the date, taking advantage of the best bird sightings. Combined with some great caves off the well-beaten

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A good strong walk in Heathcoate National Park with the finer details to be decided closer to the date, taking advantage of the best bird sightings. Combined with some great caves off the well-beaten track and most likely whale and albatross viewing in the afternoon. Who could ask for more warmth than that on a July Saturday? Moderate to strong walk with short stops for everything of interest.


_*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
  • Restful birding – Getting Started with Telescope
  • Whale and seabird watching
  • 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
Steve Anyon-Smith is a prominent birdwatcher, who has been a lifelong neighbour of Royal and Heathcote National Parks. He is commitment to the study of local biodiversity and highlighting the conservation role of the two national parks. He has written 2 books about Royal National Park listing the status and distribution of native birds recorded within the park boundaries: habitats the birds use, profiled sites and the access to them, cross referenced to the birds list specifying ‘key’ species commonly sought after by watchers and their whereabouts.