Fascinating Mix

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Subject: Fascinating Mix
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 21:26:48 +1000
I'm presuming the dam opposite Atkinson's Lagoon that Bob Cook refers to is
Seven Mile Lagoon, one of the best sites for waterfowl in SE Qld in suitable

The combination of birds he refers to having found there (Freckled Duck,
Wandering Whistling-Duck and Cotton Pygmy Goose is nice going, but not
unprecedented - Pygmy Goose and Whistling Duck are both uncommon residents
in this part of the world, although both move around and numbers fluctuate;
while Freckled Duck occasionally move into the Lockyer Valley during dry
times inland, as is currently the case.

Regular readers of birding-aus will be well aware of the spate of records of
inland waterbirds in coastal areas in recent months, with numerous sightings
of Painted Snipe, Black-tailed Native-hen and Freckled Duck in particular
along with, to a lesser extent, Little Bittern and Glossy Ibis. At the same
time, box-ironbark migrants and nomads such as Swift Parrots and Regent
Honeyeaters have also taken the coast road this autumn in search of adequate
food resources. I'm presuming dry conditions inland is responsible in both

Cheers, AS

> > The whole area is very dry and several wetlands are totally dry and dams
> and
> > lakes are very, very low.  This has meant that birds are concentrated in
> the
> > areas that do have water.  Most interesting was at a smallish dam on
> private
> > property just opposite Atkinsons Lagoon (S27.24.50 E152.26.52).  This
> is
> > only about 150 metres by 100 metres and contained, amongst others, 4
> > Freckled Duck, 3 Wandering Whistling Duck and 2 Cotton Pygmy-goose.
> > seemed an amazing combination for one dam and we would love to hear
> > comments on this combination.

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