In search of the White-fronted Chat

According to Dr Richard Major, a research scientist at the Australian Museum (and member of the Birds in Backyards steering committee), about forty White-fronted Chats (Epthianura albifrons) would fit into a margarine tub.

Yet, you'd struggle to find half as many in the entire Sydney Basin.

Chats typically habituate inland swampy areas and coastal saltmarsh. In 1930 there were fifty-four chat populations throughout Sydney. Since then, more than 80% of saltmarsh vegetation has been destroyed by coastal development, leaving two isolated chat populations; one at Homebush Bay, the other at Towra Point. 

Off Track heads to the Towra Point Nature Reserve in the hope of spotting one of these locally endangered birds.

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