Kurnell

27 03 2010

Kurnell is – to bastardise a phrase from someone at work – the armpit of Sydney. It’s directly under the flight path, has got some hefty sand-mining going on, and recently became the home of Sydney’s Desalination Plant, which apparently “secures Sydney’s water future”.

In terms of not being an armpit, it also has some pretty impressive reefs for surfing, but as this is a birding blog – it’s obviously good for birds! The reason I go there is for 5 spots really – Boat Harbour and it’s rockplatform, the heath behind Cape Solander, Bonna Point and the Kurnell side of Towra Point NR, Quibray Bay viewing platform (looks over part of Towra Point NR), and the Wader Roosting spot just as you start to go out there. There’s also a spot near Taren Point (called Shell Point) but that’s not technically Kurnell.

Anyway – I worked the other saturday, which meant I got a day off during the week. So I chose payday Thursday, and headed out to Boat Harbour. Not much about, but the kiwis have arrived – there were 4 Double-banded Plovers about, 1 Caspian Tern, a couple of Kelp Gulls, and the other waders were starting to drop in numbers in a big way.

I’m off to Victoria in a couple of weeks for uni, so until then!

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