For anyone still wondering whether to join in, I’m letting you know that I
still have two spots on the bigger boat for the above trip, and with 6 more the
skippers are happy to take out the smaller electric one as well (the load will
be shared between the boats).
With an improved forecast a very good morning is ensured, I understand the
breeding is very good this year.
Details are below.
Please let me know if you’re interested by return of this E-mail or on 6288
East Basin/Molonglo Reach; Sunday
19 February – Electric/powered boat cruise
This will be the outing/cruise for
2011-2012 on the upper parts of Lake Burley Griffin (East Basin) and the
adjacent Molonglo River Reach, where late summer or early autumn is the peak
time for nesting, with three species of cormorant and darters known to breed
there. The area is also rich in other water birds, and a variety of land
birds can be seen on the banks.
The boat trip will last about 2 hours
from 8 am and will cost $20, payable in cash on boarding. We propose
to travel in the MV “Darter” which can carry 16 people, and though it has a
motor is very quiet at slow speeds. If numbers exceed this the electric
boat the "E.L. Cygnet”, which takes a maximum of 10 passengers, may also be
used. The boats allow both a quiet approach as well as access to areas
normally difficult to get to. The point of departure will be the little
landing adjacent to the car park (with the Brodburger van!) in Bowen Park
opposite the Landmark Apartments. This car park may be accessed off Bowen
Drive (going either way).
Registration for this field trip is
essential. Please book your place on the boat with Jack Holland (on
6288 7840 AH or by E-mail on m("environment.gov.au","jack.holland");