West Head and The Basin

$150 Limited inc GST
West Head and The Basin

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris' and the birds are in the sandstone peninsula of the beautiful Broken Bay. We will start our day’s course with a gentle walk down The Basin Fire Trail looking for

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Spring has sprung, the grass has ris' and the birds are in the sandstone peninsula of the beautiful Broken Bay. We will start our day’s course with a gentle walk down The Basin Fire Trail looking for honeyeaters that will be gathering there to feed on the banksias. White-bellied Sea-Eagles and Whistling Kites no doubt will soar overhead whilst we catch the ferry across to Palm Beach; there the bus will meet us in time for a late afternoon explore for that elusive little bird, the Brown Quail.


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 West Head
  • Walk 2 - How to Identify a Bird, & all things natural
  • Narrabeen
  • 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
Edwin has been interested in birds since a teenager. His keen interest all started more than 16 years ago when he one day walked into the book shop, opened up Simpson and Day’s “Field Guide to the Birds of Australia” and was instantly ecstatic on the huge variety of birds that our wonderful Australia has to offer. His infectious, enthusiastic tutoring skills ensure others find the birds and have a better understanding of Australian birds and wildlife.