Bird Observers' Club
Birdwatching in Sydney
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the leader of the outing you are interested in.
Click here for the Field Outings 2019 pdf leaflet.
|Upcoming outings are: |
|February 23, 2019|
|Beginners & New Members (Sydney Olympic Park)|
Meet by the Cafe at the Waterview Convention Centre overlooking Lake Belvedere. Enter via Australia Ave.
Leader Trevor Waller – 0467 977 508
|March 3, 2019|
|Wisemans Ferry Area and Dharug National Park|
Meet in the car park at Wiseman’s Ferry Hotel. Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry.
Leader Gabrielle Rees - 0414 947 138
|March 13, 2019|
|Royal National Park (Joint IBOC outing)|
Meet in the Wattle Forest car park near Audley.
Leader Ross Gowans — 0490 136 231
|March 17, 2019|
|Nestlings Outing (5-12 year olds)|
Contact Renée Ferster Levy – 0412 131 528 - to get the allocated meeting place.
|March 23, 2019|
|Scheyville National Park (KBA survey)|
Meet at the NPWS centre off Scheyville road.
Look for the low stone-walled entrance. Car parking and toilets available. The group can KBA survey at Site 1 and then Ian with three other volunteers will go in one car (very limited parking) to Site 2 and Site 3. Twenty minute surveys will be recorded to start and longer one kilometre surveys can follow.
Leader Ian Bailey - 0412 251 337
|March 31, 2019|
|Cumberland State Forest, West Pennant Hills|
Meet in the car park near the information centre at Cumberland State Forest, off Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills.
Leader Richard Murray – 0448 089 329
|April 10, 2019|
|Maraylya, Longneck Lagoon and surrounds|
Meet in the car park in Maraylya Park, corner of Dunns and Boundary Road, Maraylya.
Leader Adrian Dick – 0451 825 403
|April 20, 2019|
|Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown|
Meet at the Colebee Centre, Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside.
Leader Mark Fuller – 0424 440 140
|April 28, 2019|
|Blue Mountains (Joint outing BMBO) - Narrow Neck (Honeyeater migration)|
Meet at Katoomba Falls Kiosk, Cliff Drive, Katoomba.
Leader Carol Probets - 0400 821 862
|May 8, 2019|
|Wheeny Creek, Wollemi National Park|
|May 18, 2019|
|May 26, 2019|
|Castlereagh Nature Reserve (KBA survey)|
|June 12, 2019|
|O'hara's Creek, Kenthurst|
|June 22, 2019|
|Mistral Point Seawatch, Maroubra|
|June 29, 2019|
|Brisbane Waters and/or Popran National Park (Joint outing with CCGBNSW)|
|July 10, 2019|
|Mitchell Park, Cattai National Park and Scheyville|
|July 20, 2019|
|Beginners and New Members - Crosslands Reserve, Hornsby Heights|
|July 28, 2019|
|Annual Raptor Count in the Hawkesbury area|
|August 14, 2019|
|West Head and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park|
|August 24, 2019|
|Auburn Botanic Gardens (Cherry Blossom Festival)|
|August 30 to September 1, 2019|
Friday to Sunday
|Members Anniversary Weekend away - Bigga|
|September 21, 2019|
|September 29 , 2019|
|Windsor Downs and Agnes Banks (KBA survey)|
|October 9, 2019|
|Sydney Olympic Park|
|October 19, 2019|
|Richmond Lowlands and surrounds|
|October 27 , 2019|
|Boat Harbour and Botany Bay, Kurnell |
|November 6, 2019|
|Western Sydney Parklands, Blacktown|
|November 23, 2019|
|Bus Trip - Lake Wallace, Wallerawang and surrounding area|
|December 1, 2019|
|Dawn Chorus, Cattai National Park|
|December 4, 2019|
|Photography outing at Centennial Park|
|December 14, 2019|
|Royal National Park|
|More information: Outings co-ordinator Greg McLachlan