"Dion Hobcroft" <>
Mon, 12 Mar 2001 16:34:54 +1100
As a teenage Starling patrol officer in Western Australia in 1983-1985 I
kept a close eye on Bustards recording all observed. I visited a property
belonging to a local politician near Cape Arid who had a soft spot for the
species. There were over 50 birds present including my only experience with
lekking males, which has to be seen to be believed.
In my experience illegal hunting was not a major problem through the
Esperance-Nullarbor region although it certainly did occur on a localised
level in the more remote areas. Sympathetic farmers often have good Bustard
populations-including the Maryfarms near Mt. Carbine and the Kununnurra
irrigation area. It is their mobility and nomadic lifestyle which makes them
difficult to protect so the more good will from land owners the better.
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