Rowes Lagoon

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Rowes Lagoon
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:32:59 +1000
About 15 years ago it was an open lagoon with clumps of reeds and really
good for waterbirds. If you were lucky you could see Australian Bittern,
Swamp Harrier &c

Then the reeds grew too thick to see anything and it dried out.

Sounds as if it might be coming good again. Only hope the good stuff found
a refuge in the meantime and can recolonise.

John Leonard

On 13 April 2012 13:27, Peter Ormay <> wrote:
Hello all,
I stopped at Rowes Lagoon briefly (about 65k from Canberra) on the way home
from Sydney yesterday12-4-12 at Lat 34 53' 54" S,  Long 149 30' 50" E.  The Lagoon has been dry for years with cattle grazing on it but has water in it at present. It is oval in shape and my guess is that it's about 700m across the shorter distance and about 1k long. It has sparse juncus sp (or similar) growing across the middle and a circle of mostly clear water about 100m wide around the
edge. Birds seen near the Canberra end were:-
8 Black Swan with one on a nest
16 Coots
1   A Grebe
13 White Ibis
5  L Pied Cormorant
5  M Lapwings
2  Royal Spoonbill
10 YF Honeyeaters flew over

There were about 15 LP Cormorants, about 20 white waterbirds, probably W
Ibis plus some other species on the Sydney side.

Should I be putting in some sort of report or this sufficient?

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