Kelly's Swamp

To: <>, "Peter Milburn" <>
Subject: Kelly's Swamp
From: "Ruskies" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 09:52:09 +1000
Hi!  Peter

Regarding a stop over for waders at Kelly's Swamp, originally I think it was
intended to be one.  I was told by 2 OBs ( old birdos), who were involved in
the initial set up of  K.Swamp planning, that this proposal was knocked back
because of the close proximity to the Airport and the possibility of
bird-strikes. I wouldn't swear, but I'm sure if they also said that an infra
structure of water supplies from the sewage and the drainage from to create
such an envoirment were in place. To whether this is true I couldn't say but
I agree with you it would be wonderful and it may-be worthwhile checking
out. And Roger on the Hardhead question, when I used to do the walk around Jerra often, the H/head would sometimes disappear from there and all the other local waterways for a couple of months at times, esp during the winter months.

bob rusk                                               ---- Original
Message ----- From: "Peter Milburn" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 5:10 PM
Subject: Tid. Magpie Geese?

Perhaps I have not been paying full attention so I apologise for that.  Am
I correct in the statement that Magpie Geese have been absent from
Tidbinbilla for a spell after the fires but have now reappeared without
human intervention?  If so it is tempting to assume that they are the same
birds returning home.  However, Magpie Goose numbers are increasing in the
southern part of their range with some human intervention.  I have seen
them as close to the ACT as Rowse's Lagoon and once south of Gunning.  It
seems inevitable that they will appear in the ACT if this trend continues.
Canberra is now much more attractive to waterbirds with its ever
increasing networks of ponds and lakes.

On that last topic I would dearly love to see some managed wader habitat
in the ACT.  It takes a drought to create suitable conditions at Kelly's
Swamp and irrigation to create the puddle on the other side of the road.
Migratory shorebirds obviously fly over but are not tempted to stop.
Dr P.J. Milburn
Technical Specialist
ANU Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Australian National University
GPO Box 334
Canberra ACT 0200
'Phone +61 2 6125 4326
FAX +61 2 6125 4326


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