Re: Many Painted Snipes and Australasian Bitterns in NSW

Subject: Re: Many Painted Snipes and Australasian Bitterns in NSW
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 08:36:26 +1100
Edwin thought that Painted Snipe and Australasian Bittern would be soon 
heading out to their Murray-Darling Basin stronghold.  I hope this is 
correct but a great deal more rain will be required for this to happen. 
The drought is a loooong way from broken.

Many parts of the upper western only had an inch or so of rain.  Good rain 
in the catchments has benefited a number of rivers.  Burrendong Dam (on 
the Macquarie) has risen from 1% (that's ONE percent) to about 10%. Little 
water is moving downstream of the dam to the Macquarie Marshes.

The Gwydir is in flood with the water spreading through the Gingham 
(Gwydir) wetlands west of Moree.  This water may make Walget and, perhaps, 
Brewarrina but will not get to Bourke.

Water is apparently flowing down the Warrego River south of Enngonia and 
headed for Fords Bridge (north-west of Bourke).  Who knows how far it will 

Yes, more rain is needed.  At this stage the ground is being replenished 
with soil moisture.  The next rain may actually result in decent run-off. 
A long way to go before waterfowl habitat is much more than parched dirt - 
with the notable exception of the Gingham wetland which, from the pictures 
I've seen, looks pretty good.



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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