Carol Probets <>
Sat, 22 Nov 2003 11:19:19 +1100
Thanks for this info, Elizabeth. Interesting. If anyone has any further
info on the spread of or problems caused by the Greylag Goose in Australia
I would welcome it. People insist on dumping them at Wentworth Falls Lake
(in the Blue Mountains NSW), and despite the local council having removed
most of the population a couple of years ago the numbers are building up
again. I have heard an unconfirmed report of them breeding there but
haven't seen this myself. Does anyone on this list have any breeding
records in the wild elsewhere in Australia?
At 12:01 AM +1100 22/11/03, Elizabeth Shaw wrote:
>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.
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