Hamilton bustard update

Subject: Hamilton bustard update
From: John Penhallurick <>
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 13:54:49 +1000
With both Bustards and Thickknees, at least, the problem from foxes was not
to the adult birds but to the chicks.  I recall an old pair of Thickknees
somewhere in central NSW who had had no cjicks survive ion like something
for 20 years. When they went, as they surely have by now, there will be no
more Thickknees in the area.
>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?
>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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