Birdwatching

Birding program for 2019 Birding Program 2019

 

Convenor: Ian Cheyne 0421 224 994 ianc@netc.net.au

 

Bright U3A Birdwatching Group

If you join us, this is what you can expect:

No experience necessary, all are welcome
Visiting pleasant bushland and parkland settings. Some gentle walking may be involved
Finding birds, watching their behaviour
Learning to identify birds visually, and by their calls
Sharing knowledge with others, and learning from more experienced birders
Learning correct use of binoculars, and how to use field guides
Photographing birds and other nature subjects (optional)
Enjoying picnic lunches and coffee shops with sociable people
Having fun

 

The U3A Birdwatching group meets twice a month to discover the avian delights of Northeast Victoria. On the second Monday of each month the trip is to a local venue such as the riverside walks, Bakers Gully or various sites around Porepunkah.

On the fourth Monday we venture further afield as far as Albury, Corowa, Rutherglen, the Kiewa Valley and Dinner Plain and beyond. For these trips we usually organise a barbeque lunch (BYO picnic).

 

group 1

 

Birds-eye view of a flock of Birdwatchers
(photo Linda Hayes)

 

Over the past year we identified 124 species of birds, averaging about 32 per outing (range 15 to 60).

group 2

 

 

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle on nest
(photo Barbara Ridley)

 

Among many highlights was the discovery of a nest built by a pair of White-Bellied Sea-Eagles at Lake Buffalo, where we watched a pair of chicks being raised over a period of about two months and eventually fledged.

Update late 2017. In a storm that swept over Lake Buffalo, the tree that the sea eagles nest was in was blown over. The adults have been seen however the young one had not fledged so it is assumed did not survive.

Another highlight was watching a pair of Rainbow Bee-eaters (stunningly colourful birds) launching themselves from a tree to catch insects,then glide gracefully back with them, bash them to remove their sting then eat them, right in front of us.

group 3

Rainbow Bee-eater
(photo Barbara Ridley)

 

Exercises involved include gentle walking (optional), neck craning to see birds in treetops, operation of a variety of barbeques, wildflower identification and serious socialising. In keeping with all other U3A activities, Coffee Shops are often frequented.

We would love to have you join us. No experience or knowledge of birds is necessary, lots of our members can help you to see and identify the birds. A pleasant time is promised, and maybe even a coffee…

 

 

 


The start of all the trips will be from the car park adjacent to the U3A HQ.