Thanks to everyone for your comments. I agree that collecting for fishing bait
in an area where they know it's not legal to do so is the most likely answer.
It's not a good thing obviously, but I feel better about that than I did
thinking they were taking eggs.
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> On 22 Oct 2013, at 12:10 pm, Troy Mutton <> wrote:
> Hi Stephen,
> I'm pretty familiar with Metromix (not megamix - I assume autocorrect?)
> Swamp, and about the only birds of any sort of rarity that nest there are
> Pied Oystercatcher. It's popular with fisherpeople, rubbish dumpers, sleeping
> truckies, and local teenagers looking for a place to have a sneaky drink
> and/or smoke, etc. There's rarely loads of birds there anyway, but it can be
> worth a look. There are Little Terns but they are much further out on the
> spit in Towra Point NR - about 3-4 km from Metromix as the tern flies. I'm
> not aware of any nesting penguins in the immediate area.
> As others have said, I'd be putting it down to bait collecting. You'll
> occasionally see fisherpeople down at Quibray Bay, out on the sand after
> having walked past National Parks' signs saying "don't go here" collecting
> molluscs as well. I can only assume that when the Greenhills development
> across the road is finished, that this wetland will become largely useless
> for birding due to increased disturbance.
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