birding-aus Magpie Geese

To: Russell <>
Subject: birding-aus Magpie Geese
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 16:37:12 +1100

Martin O'Brien mentioned he believed aborigines still eat Magpie geese in
the NT.  During Bird Week at Pajinka in 1998, we took a flight to Saibai
Island, just off the south PNG coast, and saw a guy on a scooter with a
dead goose on the back, and a poor sad live goose tied to a post in the
village (living larder). They certainly do eat them there.

A reasonably large flock was present in the small remaining area of water
in the centre - it was a desparate drought year for the island and birds
were few and far between once away from the mangroves.
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