Greylag goose

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Subject: Greylag goose
From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 00:01:36 +1100
If the Greylag goose isn't on a the official list of Australian birds it ought to be, unfortunately.  Here on Phillip island there is a big problem with these feral birds which have established and are making a bad name for the Cape barren Geese we also have as a wild population.  At Swan Lake (on Phillip Island Nature Park run land) there used to be alsways several Cape Barren Geese to be seen.  This year there were no Cape Barrens, but several(40+) Greylags on at least three visits I made to the Lake recently.  The usual variety of waterfowl at this usually abundantly populated venue was severely depleted.  Nature park management have been alerted to the problem, but as yet there has been no visible action.  Several of the larger dams on Phillip Island on private land also host significant populations of these pests.
Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island
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