I am researching for my book “The
Best Sewage Works of Eastern Australia” (Lake Cargelligo
is one of my favourites) and have yet to sample the delights of the Queanbeyan
Sewage Works. Can someone provide details on how to get there, please? I will,
of course, acknowledge you in my book!!
From: Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Monday, 27 March 2006 1:56
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Great
I checked Marnix’s cormorants this
morning. They were as below, roughly as he described.
A useful first resort for breeding info is
Steve Wilson’s book, which for this species states: ‘Breeding has
been recorded on the Molonglo
River above the lake, the
largest colony reported being 40 nests’. This seems such a large
number that one is inclined to wonder whether there was not some confusion with
Little Blacks, but there it is. Apparently on the basis of that entry,
the species is labeled ‘Common resident, breeding in suitable
habitat’ in the ACT checklist. The observation would need to have
been between 1999 (SW book) and 1992 when the ACT Atlas stated ‘’no
confirmed breeding records for the ACT’.
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 2:51
Subject: [canberrabirds] Great
I was surprised today to see 2 Great Cormorants nesting on a small
pontoon in the main pond at Queanbeyan Sewage Ponds. Both sat quietly on
separate large nests made of sticks for the half hour I observed them. Is this
a first? Its the first time I have observed breeding in the ACT.