[UNCLASSIFIED]RE: [canberrabirds] Magpie Geese at Tidbinbilla ACT

Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED]RE: [canberrabirds] Magpie Geese at Tidbinbilla ACT
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 16:36:03 +1000
They are captive,
If I remember rightly most of the original magpie geese were pinioned, so the birds can never fly. Some of the birds wings were clipped and regrew but they hung with their buddies. As a flocking species they dont really have anywhere to go. Before the fires there were 21 or 22, now there are 21 or 22.
The wetlands area was not very affected by the fires and the waterbirds were OK.
The musk ducks are also captive.
Most other birds are not captive and introduced themselves and can fly in and out.
The closest I know of magpie geese is the SE corner of Qld which is nowhere near here. Over the years development and draining of wetlands presumably were the reason for the magpie geese distribution contracting northwards greatly. They used to occur quite far south.
The rangers saying they are not captive is really based on technicalities to apease tourists but in reality they are.
Benj Whitworth

From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Thursday, 11 August 2005 3:23 PM
To: Alastair Smith; 'Nicholas Talbot';
Subject: [canberrabirds] Magpie Geese at Tidbinbilla ACT

That is intriguing. I wonder whether any other the former captive Magpie Geese there, survived the fire (they were breeding there before that). If not and new ones have not been brought in, could any new birds there be of wild origin?
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