Grebes at Callum Brae

To: sandra henderson <>
Subject: Grebes at Callum Brae
From: Rob Geraghty via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 08:10:35 +0000
I've had one experience of dogs loose without an owner at Callum Brae. I suspect that they belong to the farm across the road. They took themselves for a swim in the dam

On Sat, 9 Oct 2021, 17:16 sandra henderson, <> wrote:
Dogs are not allowed in Callum Brae, and I’ve only ever encountered them twice, so not really an issue. 

On Saturday, 9 October 2021, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

I don’t know the site, so I could well be wrong in interpreting the situation of risk. Australasian Grebes do often nest in little dams and seem pretty secure about it. However, I suspect you are giving little credit to the birds’ ability to choose their own site. I also suspect that you are over sure about that “if they build a nest in that spot, they’re going to be disturbed by people”. Do people regularly go into the water at that spot? Do dogs go in there? I suspect dogs are a bigger threat. I also suspect that putting up a sign won’t reduce the proximity of people. A sign is likely to either be ignored by the majority of people who aren’t interested or attract increased attention and proximity of the few that are interested. A sign that asks people to go away is not typically well-received by everyone and so reactions might be counterproductive. It is not as if this is a rare species. Signs don’t work very well with dogs either. Not every nest is going to be successful anyway.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of regeraghty--- via Canberrabirds
Sent: Friday, 8 October, 2021 9:44 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Grebes at Callum Brae


I’ve been watching an Australasian Grebe keeping a lonely vigil in the dam which is roughly in the middle of the reserve. Today, he has a friend, and they seem to be determined to hang out in the reeds on the corner of the dam closest to the nearby dirt road. I think they may be nesting or planning to nest, and if they build a nest in that spot, they’re going to be disturbed by people. I’m wondering if a sign could be put up asking people to stay away from the dam to allow the birds to nest in peace? As much as I want to get more photos of the pair, they may fail to clutch or lose their clutch. Thoughts?



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