Thinking About Birds

I trained as a scientist (PhD then post-docs in chemistry) and then I worked in industrial R&D for more than 30 years. So, it’s part of my psyche to record data and then try to interpret based on what I've recorded plus all prior knowledge. For more than 20 years now, I've been doing that for birds especially the birds of the Hunter Region. In 1993 I started producing the Hunter Region annual Bird Reports on behalf of Hunter Bird Observers Club. About a decade later, I started getting serious about my personal bird study projects.

The links below will take you to details of the papers and reports I've written or co-authored. For information about the Hunter Region annual bird reports click here

Papers

  1. Stuart, A. (2005). Survey of the Shorebirds of Port Stephens, February 2004. Stilt 47: 20-25
  2. Stuart, A. (2007). Surveys of the Waterbirds of Port Stephens, 2004-2006. The Whistler 1: 16-20
  3. Stuart, A. (2008). Birds of the Timor Caves Area. Chapter 7 in “Timor Caves. Hunter Valley New South Wales”, Newcastle & Hunter Valley Speleological Society, Rutledge, J. et al. (Eds).
  4. Stuart, A. (2008). A Preliminary Assessment of the Importance of the Manning River for Shorebirds and Other Waterbirds. The Whistler 2: 13-19
  5. Stuart, A. (2008). Bird Surveys of the Timor Caves Area 2005-2006. The Whistler 2: 44-48
  6. Stuart, A. (2009). Early Hunter Region Avian Records. Part 1. 1901 - 1925 Articles in The Emu. The Whistler 3: 40-51
  7. Stuart, A and Newling, G. (2009). Notes on an old Upper Hunter egg collection. The Whistler 3: 52
  8. Stuart, A. (2009). Shorebird prey item for Eastern Osprey. The Whistler 3: 57
  9. Stuart, A. (2010). Australian Pied Oystercatchers Haematopus longirostris in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Stilt 57: 18-20
  10. Roderick, M. and Stuart, A. (2010). The status of threatened bird species in the Hunter Region. The Whistler 4: 1-28
  11. Newman, M., Martin, I., Graham, E., Stuart, A., Struik, P. and Lindsey, A. (2010). Distribution of threatened bird species in the Hunter Region (1998-2009). The Whistler 4: 29-53
  12. Newman, M. and Stuart A. (2011). Monitoring the Rufous Scrub-bird in the Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops IBA – a pilot study. The Whistler 5: 19-27
  13. Stuart, A. (2011). Seabirds of the Hunter Region. The Whistler 5: 45-50
  14. Stuart, A. (2011). Robbing behaviour by Australian Pelicans. The Whistler 5: 58
  15. Stuart, A. (2011). Shorebird Surveys at Port Stephens, New South Wales 2004-2011 and Comparisons with Results from Previous Surveys. Stilt 60: 14-21
  16. Stuart, A., Newman, M., Struik, P. and Martin, I. (2012). Development of a non-intrusive method for investigating the calling patterns of Rufous Scrub-birds. The Whistler 6: 24-34
  17. Stuart, A., Crisp B. And Crisp, G. (2012). Atypical habitat for an Australian Pelican colony. The Whistler 6: 57-58
  18. Stuart, A. (2013). Early Hunter Region avian records. Part 2. 1925 - 1950 Articles in The Emu. The Whistler 7: 20-33
  19. Wooding, L. and Stuart, A. (2013). Initial findings from a study of Grey-Tailed Tattlers in Port Stephen. The Whistler 7: 38-43
  20. Stuart, A. (2013). Scarlet Honeyeaters Taking Shelter. The Whistler 7: 57
  21. Stuart, A. et al. (2013). Hunter Estuary Population Counts 1999-2010. Stilt  63-64: 46-49
  22. Newman, M., Stuart, A. and Hill, F. (2014). Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens monitoring at the extremities of the species’ range in New South Wales (2010–2012). Australian Field Ornithology 31: 77-98
  23. Stuart, A. (2014). Manning Estuary Population Counts 2008-2013. Stilt 65: 38-40
  24. Stuart, A. (2014).  Early Hunter Region avian records. Part 3. A review of historical data about shorebirds in the Hunter Estuary. The Whistler 8: 10-22
  25. Stuart, A., Wooding, L. and Takurou, H. (2015).  Nocturnal foraging by Grey-tailed Tattlers Tringa brevipes. Stilt 67: 28-30
  26. Stuart, A. (2015). Bird Surveys in Saltwater National Park. The Whistler 9: 56-60.
  27. Stuart, A (2016). Do Black-necked Storks breed in the Hunter Valley? A comment on Clancy and Kingsford (2015). Australian Field Ornithology 33: 40
  28. Stuart, A. (2016). Records of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers Calidris acuminata in the Hunter estuary, New South Wales. Stilt 68: 18-21
  29. Williams, D. and Stuart, A. (2016). Insights in Hunter Region birdlife using data from the BirdLife Australia Atlas project. The Whistler 10: 13-18
  30. Stuart, A. and Williams, D. (2016). Rose Robins in the Hunter Region. The Whistler 10: 19-23
  31. Roderick, M. and Stuart, A. (2016). Threatened species of the Hunter Region. 2016 update. The Whistler 10: 33-49
  32. Stuart, A. (2016). Raptors of estuarine Port Stephens. The Whistler 10: 57-58
  33. Stuart, A. (2017). Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae in the Hunter Estuary of New South Wales. Stilt 71: 3-8
  34. Stuart, A., Clarke, T., van Gessel, F., Little, G., Fraser, N. and Richardson, A. (2017). Results from surveys for terrestrial birds on Broughton Island, 2012-2016. The Whistler 11: 46-53
  35. Stuart, A. (2017). Comparison of two ephemeral wetlands in the lower Manning Valley. The Whistler 11: 54-56
  36. Stuart, A. and Newman, M. (2018). Rufous Scrub-birds Atrichornis rufescens in the Gloucester Tops of New South Wales: findings from surveys in 2010-2016Australian Field Ornithology 35: 13-20.
  37. Stuart, A. and Newman, M. (2018). Spring bird communities of a high altitude area of the Gloucester Tops, New South Wales. Australian Field Ornithology 35: 21-29.
  38. Stuart, A. (2018). Sizes of some Rufous Scrub-bird singing areas in the Gloucester Tops. Australian Field Ornithology 35: 107-110.
  39. Stuart, A. (2018). Early Hunter Region avian records. Part 4. 1951-1980 Articles in The Emu. The Whistler 12: 27-34.
  40. Stuart, A. (2018). Does the Black-headed Pardalote occur in the Hunter Region? The Whistler 12: 59-60.
  41. Fraser, N. and Stuart, A. (2018). Some recent breeding observations of threatened shorebird species in Port Stephens. The Whistler 12: 61-62.
  42. Stuart, A. and O'Leary, M. (2019). A method for investigating Rufous Scrub-birds using automated recording and rapid, semi-automated data analysis. Corella 43: 57-64. 
  43. Stuart, A. (2019). Cattle Egret colony at Cundletown NSW. The Whistler 13: 16.
  44.  Stuart, A. and Newman, M. (2019). Spring bird surveys in the Gloucester TopsThe Whistler 13: 26-34.
  45. Stuart, A. (2019). Occupancy at two Rufous Scrub-bird territories in the Gloucester TopsThe Whistler  13: 35-37.
  46. Stuart, A. (2019). Recent high counts of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in the Hunter Estuary.  The Whistler  13: 56-61.


Reports

  1. Stuart, A. (2002). Birds of Ash Island. Hunter Bird Observers Club Special Report #1
  2. Stuart, A. (2004). The Shorebirds of Port Stephens. Recent and Historical Perspectives. Hunter Bird Observers Club Special Report #2
  3. Stuart, A. (2010). Seabirds of the Hunter Region, Hunter Bird Observers Club Special Report #5
  4. Newman, M. and Stuart, A. (2011). Monitoring Rufous Scrub-birds in the Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops IBA in the 2010-2011 Season, Hunter Bird Observers Club Special Report #6
  5. Stuart, A. (year??). Shorebird Records for the Hunter Estuary prior to 1999. Hunter Bird Observers Special Report #8 (very slowly nearing finalization!)

Talks

  1. Birds of the Manning Estuary Shoreline (June 2011, presented at a community forum in Harrington)
  2. Waterbirds of Port Stephens (March 2017, presented in Salamander Bay as part of a Port Stephens coastal ecology course). I gave this talk every year in 2014-2017, with minor updating each time.
  3. Shorebirds and tattlers (May 2014, presented to several Japanese bird clubs/communities, with some tailoring on each occasion)
  4. Birds of the Manning (July 2014, presented at an HBOC meeting)
  5. Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens Monitoring at the Extremities of the Species' Range in NSW 2010-2013 (July 2014, authors: Mike Newman, Alan Stuart & Faye Hill; presented by Mike Newman at BirdLife Australia's IBA Symposium in Sydney).
  6. IBA Monitoring in the Hunter Region (July 2014, presented at BirdLife Australia's IBA Symposium, Sydney).
  7. Grey-tailed Tattlers. A fresh look at a common shorebird. (September 2014, authors: Alan Stuart & Lois Wooding, presented at the 2014 Australian Shorebirds Conference, Darwin and later awarded as the best paper at the Conference).   Abstract  Presentation   Award
  8. Educating people using Hunter Region data.  (April 2016, presented in Sydney to local and visiting birdwatchers, at the NSW BIGnet meeting).
  9. The importance of Port Stephens for shorebirds.  (May 2016, presented in Salamander Bay as part of the Port Stephens Marine Discovery series).
  10. Birds of the Gloucester Tops. (June 2016, presented at an HBOC meeting).
  11. Birds and Gardens and Birdwatching. (June 2016, presented to the Wyong Garden Club).
  12. What have we learned after seven years of Rufous Scrub-bird surveys?  (March 2017, presented in Sydney at the BirdLife Southern NSW Branch AGM).
  13. Strategies for monitoring Key Biodiversity Areas in the Hunter Region  (March 2017, presented in Sydney at the BirdLife Southern NSW Branch AGM).
  14. Red-necked Avocets in the Hunter Estuary (July 2017, presented at an HBOC meeting).
  15. An altitudinal study of birds in the Gloucester Tops (November 2017, authors: Alan Stuart & Mike Newman, presented in Geelong at the Australasian Ornithological Conference).
  16. Status of Rufous Scrub-birds in the Gloucester Tops (November 2017, authors: Mike Newman & Alan Stuart, presented by Mike Newman in Geelong at the Australasian Ornithological Conference).
  17. Birds of the Mid Coast shorelines.  (April 2018, presented as part of the Mid Coast Council /Hunter Local Land Services 2018 Marine Discovery series - 17 April at Old Bar, 18 April at Hawks Nest).
  18. Investigating Rufous Scrub-birds (June 2018, presented in Albany to DPAW staff and the general public).
  19. What do we know about Rufous Scrub-birds? (September 2018, presented in Newcastle to local and visiting birdwatchers, at the NSW BIGnet meeting).
  20. Some endemic birds of Sri Lanka (September 2018, presented at an HBOC meeting).
  21. Rufous Scrub-birds in the Gloucester Tops (March 2019, presented in Newcastle at the Australian Bird Study Association Conference).
  22. Importance of Port Stephens for shorebirds (May 2019, presented at a community forum in Karuah)
  23. Investigating Rufous Scrub-birds in the NSW Gloucester Tops (July 2019, Australasian Ornithological Conference, Darwin).


Newspaper Articles


There are more pre-2014 articles to be added (if I ever get around to it)