Return to Shoveler Pool (1)

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Return to Shoveler Pool (1)
From: shorty via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2023 06:48:47 +0000
Yes I have been keeping an eye out for birds there. Recent sightings include Pied Stilt, Pectoral Sandpiper also I was notified of the presence of Plumed Whistling-duck ( got down there just in time ) and also an ID request on Facebook from there that  were Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Should be a good season.


On Fri, Sep 15, 2023 at 1:32 PM Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Whoops, lower scene was Oct 2022


From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Friday, September 15, 2023 1:26 PM
To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Return to Shoveler Pool (1)


Last year the water was back up to the road (red star is on floating azolla), and it’s still holding up fairly well.  The origin of this ephemeral water body was that a natural floodplain depression was excavated for road or construction fill.  It was then deepened significantly in the 1980’s to improve bird habitat, back when that was a permissible objective.  With nutrient enrichment from cattle, azolla and carp, some interesting bird species might find the spot attractive if we have a prolonged dryish spell,


For the out-of-town subscriber, I’ve added a teal arrow to indicate the location of the national parliament.  I have another pic from the spot I’ll dig out and send on.


A comparison of a swamp

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