Re: birding-aus Magpie Geese in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: Re: birding-aus Magpie Geese in Victoria (Aust.)
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 11:29:36 +1000

Hi Rob

Not only were Magpie Goose profitable, the quality of the shooting
available in SE Melbourne was sufficient to warrant advertisements in 
English magazines in the 19th century. Our first eco-tourism venture.

Of course most of the wetlands were then drained for "development" (or,
pity, to stop golfers losing their balls), with severe consequences for
drainage systems. It's somewhat ironic that millions are now being spent
on recreating wetlands in the area, mainly for flood control.  

The new lakes in Elsternwick were filled in the last couple of months
and hardheads, hoary-headed grebe and chestnut teal have already turned
up. I'll let you know when there's a painted snipe or freckled duck.


Mike Norris
Hampton, Vic.

PS. Glossy Ibis and several Spotted Crakes at Edithvale.

PPS.  Of course filling-in swamps, removing children from their
Aboriginal parents, and introducing cane toads and mosquito fish were
all done by good, well-intentioned people.  So those promoting
genetically modified (GM) plants are as blameless as their predecessors.

To unsubscribe from this list, please send a message to

Include "unsubscribe birding-aus" in the message body (without the quotes)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU