Gum Swamp pigeons

To: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Gum Swamp pigeons
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 11:57:39 +1000
I believe it is Gum Swamp, rather than "Gunns Swamp". Over several years back, I have been astounded at the number of pigeons that inhabit the trees in the lake. Good falcon food. Whether that is five years or 15 years I am not sure but it is my usual impression, as well as all the waterbirds there. I have been there many times over the past 20 or more years during my many travels from Brisbane to Melbourne or Canberra or Warrumbungles or just Forbes or whatever.
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From: Bob & Sadhana Cook <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Date: Thursday, 23 May 2002 19:51
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Gunns Swamp

We are on a trip through Central NSW to Qld and stopped at about 4.00 p.m.
yesterday at Gunns Swamp just south of Forbes in NSW.
Highlights were perhaps 20 Pink-eared Ducks and at least 6 Freckled Ducks.

Also of note was the abundance, maybe 200, Feral Pigeons occupying most of
the dead trees across the water.  I remember visiting here about 5 years ago
and seeing the same trees literally dripping with Cormorants, Darters, Ducks
and Egrets.  This time we saw only a single Cormorant, no Darters and no

Is anyone else aware of whether this is a total "taking over" by the pigeons
or is the abundance of one and absence of the others just a coincidence??

Bob Cook
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