Hamilton bustard update

Subject: Hamilton bustard update
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 13:36:07 +1000

G'day all

Not much interest in the Hamilton bustards?

The injured bird survived last night in the box and has been transported to
Serendip for treatment.

Reading Hanzab last night I found that the major disappearance of bustards in
Victoria coincided with the gold rush.  The diggers no doubt shot many.  The
last straw was the increasing intensity of settlement of the farming land in
western Victoria (land clearing, modified pasture, sheep and cattle grazing and
shooting were the likely culprits, I suspect).  We also lost Magpie Geese and
most of our Brolgas, Thick-knees and Plains Wanderers.

How much of a problem would foxes be to a bird the size of a bustard?  Assuming
that shooting would not be the problem it used to be, what would prevent the
birds from coming back into their former range?



Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria, 3300

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