Magpie Geese in Victoria query

To: "David Clark" <>, "Jenny Spry" <>
Subject: Magpie Geese in Victoria query
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:43:27 +1100
Hi Jenny and David,

The Magpie Goose recolonised New South Wales in the early 1980s and I documented this in a paper in the Australian Birds journal. We have had Geese in northern New South Wales ever since but there have been short periods when they have been hard to find. In the early days we did get flocks of 400+ but in recent years a maximum flock of 120+ has been normal. This number usually includes recently fledged juveniles as the species breeds regularly in the Coldstream Wetlands near Ulmarra.

At the same time as the species was naturally recolonising New South Wales captive bred birds, apparently originating from the Victorian captive population, were released at the Wetlands Centre at Shortland, in the Hunter Valley. This was unfortunate as it muddied the water with respect to monitoring a natural recolonisation event. Captive breeding and release is not always the best method to recover populations of fauna. It should only be used when all other in-situ actions have been taken and have failed. It is also useless releasing captive-bred fauna into areas where the impacts that caused the extinction are still present. Anyway I will stop my rant now on that topic but as you may have gathered I was bitterly disappointed with the release at such a critical time.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
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-----Original Message----- From: David Clark
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:16 PM
To: Jenny Spry
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Magpie Geese in Victoria query


Goose Lagoon near Yambuk got its name from the flocks of Magpie Geese that
lived there.

I just read through Harry Frith's Magpie Goose chapter and he doesn't
mention their travel habits.  However, he does mention fifteen irruptions
to southern Australia between 1888 and 1967, each following droughts in the
Northern Territory.  Interestingly, he discusses the attraction of
concentrations of geese and the tendency of groups to follow other groups
to night time roosts.



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