Kelly's Swamp/Hardhead

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Subject: Kelly's Swamp/Hardhead
From: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 10:04:07 +1000
I was wondering if you see many in Tassie, Bob?

All the books say that they're rare or occasional visitors but the old man
has around a dozen on his irrigation dam at Railton all year round.  Times
that by the number of big dams in Tassie and you get a rather large number!

Cheers, Alex.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ruskies 
Sent: Monday, 15 August 2005 9:52 AM
To: ; Peter Milburn
Subject: Kelly's Swamp

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
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

bob rusk                                               ---- Original
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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.
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