Magpie Goose, Mount Isa

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Subject: Magpie Goose, Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 12:25:24 +1000
g'day all,
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 Qld.
 ps A pair of Swans were shepherding 2 cygnets  further out on the waters.
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