Osprey at Mount Isa

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Subject: Osprey at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 17:00:46 +1000
g'day all,
Bill Horton in the QOSI journal "Sunbird", Sept 1975 wrote....
"The dried body of an Osprey was found in the East Leichhardt River dam area in May 1967, apparently shot.
(This dam is about 40km to the East of Mount Isa)
My first sighting was 14/7/99, after David Siems and Reg Clark (who were passing thru town) rang me and told me a single bird was patrolling the river alongside the Moondarra Caravan Park.
I saw and photographed the bird the following day.
A few weeks ago I saw a pair with Murray Frich just below the dam wall. One was eating a fish.
But today at 1.00pm, I saw a single bird perched on a street light in a residential suburb.
It was still there after I returned from home to get my camera.
A pool in the river would have been over 150 meters away, but separated by a high hill.
How many sightings are needed before it loses its vagrant status ?
Regards, Bob Forsyth,  Mount Isa (by the sea ?) , NW Qld.
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