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.
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.
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