Obs from Floriade

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Subject: Obs from Floriade
From: Fleur r Leary <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:10:18 +0000
I have a few volunteer shifts at Floriade. Last Monday I was on the Ferry Gate 
- just down from Regatta Point and close to the jetty - when I saw a large 
number of little black cormorants fly from the west en masse and land on the 
water.  This was between the jetty and Rond terrace. It was difficult to count 
them as they kept swimming around and diving. However they all decided to move 
on within a few minutes, flying back towards the west in groups of up to a 
dozen, so I was able to count 62.

Yesterday I saw a darter climb/walk up a tree adjacent to Nerang Pool. The tree 
is on an angle of between 60 - 70 degrees, so the darter started from the 
bottom and without too much difficulty was able to walk up the trunk and find a 
roosting spot.

Alas, the reeds close to the western end of Nerang Pool seem to have largely 
been cleared, so we are unlikely to see Floriade patrons being entertained by 
swamphens feeding their chicks as they did in that location last year.
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