I visited the Wide Bay on the western side of our Lake
Moondarra , looking for the Painted Snipe again yesterday, but this time with
Camera and Camcorder
Well they were elsewhere, but 120 meters out on the weed
covered waters were some funny looking swans. My eyeballs turned around like the
poker machine wheels until the penny dropped what they were.
Luckily I was able to get some shaky video at about 100X
before they flew off a kilometre to where I got some fair binoc views
albeit partly obscured by trees.
On the TV at home I was able to identify that at least 4 of
the 7 birds had the full black back of juveniles.
The last record that I can find for these birds at Mount Isa
is in the Qld Ornithological Soc Inc
(now Birds Qld) Sunbird V6, No,3, p55 where Bill Horton wrote
"R - one at the Lake, June 1974"
The owner of the nearby West Leichardt (Cattle) Station
recently told me that a Magpie Goose stayed in their garden, 5 weeks ago
for several days.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW
ps A pair of Swans were shepherding 2 cygnets
further out on the waters.