Non-Obs and a video

To: 'Martin Butterfield' <>, 'COG Chat' <>
Subject: Non-Obs and a video
From: Don Fletcher <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:08:48 +0000



Re geese, prior to self-government the wildlife research group now called Conservation Research undertook responsibility for feral waterbirds but times have changed.  Now, Parks could be unwise to follow your advice because Lake Burley Griffin is legally a Commonwealth, not ACT, responsibility. 


On the other hand the geese are non-native so there is no licence required under conservation law such as the ACT Nature Conservation Act to capture or kill them. It is my belief that if the means of capturing or killing could be applied without infringing other laws, eg for firearms, anyone could do it legally (unless the geese were the property of another person which apparently they are not).  So find some charity to donate them to, get some mates together, and get your waders on!


Prior to taking any such action, it would be wise to consider whether the source can be stopped.  Geese have been appearing on LBG for decades.  If they are escapees from a property at Piallago it could be best to start by lobbying for something to correct that but if they are being deliberately released it may be best simply to respond promptly each time.





Don Fletcher

0428 48 9990


From: Martin Butterfield <>
Sent: Wednesday, 25 April 2018 1:37 PM
To: COG List <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Non-Obs and a video


As there seemed to be a few Yellow-faced Honeyeaters flying over home this morning I wondered what the migration  situation was on the Hoskinstown Plain.  The short answer was "none".   


The most interesting bird was a


lark, ascending in full song. Obviously decided the 1 frosty day in March was Winter for this year and is getting ready for Spring.  26C on ANZAC Day is ridiculous - it should be closer to 26F.


This video, from Beijing  is possibly a prediction of the situation at the canoe club opposite Duntroon in a few years time unless Parks do something about the geese..



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