Birdwatching in Sydney

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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.
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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.


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 Keith Brandwood email or the leader of the outing you are interested in.

Click here for the Field Outings 2017 form
Upcoming outings are:
October 1, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Cumberland Land Conservancy Property ‘WALLAROO’, Mulgoa
This is an exciting opportunity for members to learn more about the work being done by CLC to restore an area of Cumberland Plain Woodland and ongoing wildlife management. Meet at 850 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa. Directions (from Penrith/M4) head south along Mulgoa Road. The meeting point is on the left just past Nepean Christian School (shared entrance with Mulgoa Tip). Leader Mark Fuller – 0424 440 140
October 11, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Scheyville National Park (KBA surveys)
Meet in the car park at Scheyville National Park headquarters off Scheyville Rd, between Dormitory Hill Road and Long Tan Place, Scheyville. Leader Carol Abbott – 0414 312 538
October 21, 2017
Saturday 7.00am
Bus Trip - Barren Grounds
Meet at 7am in Carpark 1, Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill. The bus will leave at 7am sharp, no waiting for late comers. To get there turn into Gilbert Drive from Showground Road, then first left at the lights into Caterson Drive which is in Fred Caterson Reserve. Then turn first left, this road leads to the Tennis Courts and is sign-posted. Follow this road past Carpark 2 to Carpark 1 which is outside the Castle Hill Tennis Academy. Please use the parking bays furthest away from the building. OR meet at 7.45am near the corner of Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool. There is a grassed area next to the Liverpool Regional Museum where you can wait. Leader Pat Thorn – 0424 248 941. $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Please pay Pattie before the day. Pattie McGee – 0407 272 268 or Payments can be made by cash, cheque or by direct deposit online. Bank details are on the website and you must put ‘Bus’ and your name into the reference section. There are no toilets at the meeting place but there will be a comfort stop on the way. We will also be stopping at the famous Robertson Pie shop. Morning tea and lunch will be at the bus.
October 22, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Nestlings Outing - Sydney Park, St Peters
Nesting season! We may be lucky enough to see bush bird nests, and discover which birds use the restored wetlands. St Peters station is approx 6 minutes' walk from the kiosk. Contact the leader to get the allocated meeting place. Leader Renée Ferster Levy - 0412 131 528
October 29, 2017
Sunday 4.30am & 8.00am
Dawn Chorus Ebenezer Church, Swallow Reach
Meet in the car park in Argyle Bailey Memorial Reserve, off Coromandel road, Ebenezer, next to the Historic Ebenezer Church. Note: Bacon Rolls will be available for early starters. Please let Keith know if you are going to the 4.30am start. Late starters can arrive at 8am. Leader Keith Brandwood – 0447 457 554
November 8, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Blue Gum Swamp and Long Angle Gully (Joint BMBO outing)
Meet at the end of Whitecross Road at Winmalee - start of the Blue Gum Swamp creek walk. Leader Mark Ley – 0416 199 638
November 26, 2017
Sunday 7am to 11am
Photographic outing
Limited to 16 CBOC members only. Contact Ákos to register. Ákos Lumnitzer - 0423 144 332
December 3, 2017
Sunday 8.30am
Botany Bay
Meet at Potter Point car park located at the end of Sir Joseph Banks Drive, in the national park. Greg McLachlan - 0405 578 967
December 13, 2017
Wednesday 8.30am
Sydney Olympic Park Christmas outing
Car park near the Waterview Convention Centre in Bicentennial Park. Drive through the gates on Australia Drive, past the Waterview Convention Centre on the left and park in the car park in front of the Kiosk. Jeff Byron - 0408 869 228
More information: Outings co-ordinator Keith Brandwood

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