aquatic hare

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Subject: aquatic hare
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 22:42:34 +1000
Recently I was scanning a wetland at Lawrence for birds with Warren Thompson and Russell Jago when a Brown Hare scurried away from us and ran towards the edge of the wetland.  A short time later an unusual animal was observed dog-paddling about 15 metres from the bank.  On closer inspection it was identified as a Brown Hare, presumably the one observed a little earlier.  The bird interest in this observation was that as it swam in the wetland it was followed by a flotilla of 41+ waterbirds, comprising Pink-eared Ducks, Pacific Black Ducks, Grey and Chestnut Teal and Eurasian Coot.  Although there was no obvious aggressive behaviour from the waterbirds it did appear that they were seeing this strange aquatic animal off.
Greg Clancy 
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