Magpie Geese breeding

Subject: Magpie Geese breeding
From: "Stephen Brooking" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 11:42:20 +1100
Hi All,
I can report an unsuccessful attempt at breeding by MG at the Geneebeinga Wetlands in Casino, (which is an excellent wetland - I've recorded over 100 species here). The MG first appeared about 3-4 years ago (I don't have my records with me) when 5 adults suddenly appeared in the middle of the drought. Occasional small groups have been recorded here before but they have never stayed more than a few weeks. Geneebeinga has a series of ponds and lagoons of various depths. Although the main lagoon had long since dried out, some smaller deep ponds with lilies provided food and shelter. Those 5 stayed for 2 years (!) until about mid last year when a sixth appeared (adult). Then about a month or two later a seventh, a well-grown sub-adult - it was too big to have been born there, as I had been making regular visits anticipating a potential breeding event. Then in December there were 14 birds (!) still including only one sub-adult. I saw an adult sitting on a trampled clump of sedges in the middle of the main lagoon (which is now full again after LOTS of recent rain). It looked very much like a nest though I couldn't get close enough to be sure (sadly, no scope). The bird occupied this position for hours while the others foraged or sat in groups concealed. The bird occupied the spot over several visits over three weeks and I was anticipating the best. Then about 10 days ago I went and they all seemed to be gone. I guess inland or northern conditions have improved (although conditions are absolutlely prime here at the present). I plan to visit again tomorrow but I think our special visitors have gone. Still, they stayed for the best part of three years (at least the initial group did), so it will be interesting to watch for the future.

If anyone would like a bird list for this site I can provide a simple name list or a spreadsheet showing details of observations (date, time, conditions etc), just email me direct.

Thanks and good birding to all

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