Mt Banks, Wilson and Tomah

$140 Limited inc GST
Mt Banks, Wilson and Tomah

Leave suburbia behind. Ascend the eastern escarpment up Bell Bird Hill with Bell’s Miners tinkling to Kurrajong Heights and spectacular views over Sydney. Flanked by grassy rolling hills dotted with

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Leave suburbia behind. Ascend the eastern escarpment up Bell Bird Hill with Bell’s Miners tinkling to Kurrajong Heights and spectacular views over Sydney. Flanked by grassy rolling hills dotted with small rural properties you enter the fruit orchards of Bilpin and then the pristine wilderness along Bell’s Line of Road to Mt Tomah rising abruptly and capped with ancient basalt, rainforest and NSW’s cool climate Botanic Gardens. We will be looking for Gang-gang Cockatoo, Eastern Whipbird, lots of forest birds generally and magnificent plants of course. Later at Mt Banks – Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater and Grey Currawong among the heathland wildflowers and sweeping views towards the Grose Valley.


Meeting Location: Outside Paddy Pallins, corner of Kent and Bathurst Streets (Just up 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: Attractions of birdwatching, Distribution of materials, Outline of course
  • Walk 1 - Getting Started with Equipment: Guide to using binoculars, telescope, clothing
  • Guide to using binoculars at Mt Tomah
  • Walk 2: Mt Banks - How to Identify a Bird, & all things natural
  • Walk 3: Mt Wilson
  • Review of today’s activities and next week’s program: 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.