Cumberland
Bird Observers' Club

Visitors are always welcome at Cumberland Bird Observers' Club

Birdwatching in Sydney since 1979


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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

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 outings@cboc.org.au or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2019 pdf leaflet.


Upcoming outings are:
September 21, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Warriewood Wetlands
Meet in the car park at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen
https://goo.gl/maps/QNvPhDJ5vEu
Leader Gabrielle Rees - 0414 947 138
September 29 , 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)
Meet at the far end of Sanctuary Drive, Windsor Downs. Turn off Richmond Road into Sanctuary Drive, across a round-about and proceed slowly along this narrow roadway through the estate to the Meeting Point at the far end of the Drive.
https://goo.gl/maps/4YJK4CB8Nwn
Leader Mark Fuller - 0424 440 140
October 9, 2019
Wednesday 8.30am
Sydney Olympic Park
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere. Enter Bicentennial Park via Australia Avenue, Homebush.
https://goo.gl/maps/EW7n5os1ZF42
Leader Cathy Goswell - 0418 865 421
October 19, 2019
Saturday 8.30am
Richmond Lowlands and surrounds
Meet at Pughs Lagoon, Smith Park, corner of Old Kurrajong Road and Francis Street, Richmond.
https://goo.gl/maps/4WrAjGG1aiz
Leader Greg McLachlan - 0405 578 967
October 27 , 2019
Sunday 8.30am
Boat Harbour and Botany Bay, Kurnell
Meet at the car park at Potter Point. When approaching Kurnell, turn right off Captain Cook Drive into Sir Joseph Banks Drive (look for the Desalination Plant sign). At the very end of Sir Joseph Banks Drive enter Botany Bay National Park and follow the narrow road to the car park at the very end.
https://goo.gl/maps/euPPRfs2KbT2
Leader TBA
November 6, 2019
Wednesday 8.30am
Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside.
https://goo.gl/maps/q43G7mXVBao
Leader Ian Bailey - 0412 251 337
November 23, 2019
Saturday
Bus Trip - Lake Wallace, Wallerawang and surrounding area
 
December 1, 2019
Sunday 4.30am and 7.30am
Dawn Chorus, Cattai National Park
Meet at the second picnic table in Mitchell Park. Car entry fee of $8.00 is payable unless you have an All Parks pass. There are two start times - 4.30am and 7.30am.
https://goo.gl/maps/GA87J5K45js
Leader Daniel McDonald
December 4, 2019
Wednesday
Photography outing at Centennial Park
 
December 14, 2019
Saturday
Royal National Park
 
More information: Outings co-ordinator Greg McLachlan outings@cboc.org.au


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