Unusual Sightings in the Lane Cove national Park

To: Andrew Stafford <>
Subject: Unusual Sightings in the Lane Cove national Park
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 15:31:08 +1000

The Cotton P-G was seen seen by Ian McAllan, myself and a few others
in 1991 1992.

It was at and near the weir in Lane Cove NP and also nearby in
Stringybark Creek. The weir is at 33°  47.475´ S    151°  09.330´ E
in Sydney's northern suburbs.

From memory the previous record in NSW was in the Hawkesbury swamps
in 1973 in Sydney's north-western suburbs.



At least one of the two sightings listed by Kurtis (not to shoot the
messenger; I know the claims aren't his) sounds highly questionable
to me. A Cotton Pygmy-Goose in Sydney would be an extreme rarity.
Has anyone followed this up?

Cheers, AS

From: <>Graham
To: <>Birding-aus
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 1:47 PM
Subject: RE: [BIRDING-AUS] Unusual Sightings in the Lane Cove national Park

Gidday all,
                having had some dealings with the NPWS wildlife
atlas I suggest that all records on the database are used with
caution. While the two species listed below are quite reasonable,
many records are just silly. Errors range from data entry mistakes
through to ID mistakes (little or no vetting of data is carried out).

Graham Turner

Andy Burton's Bush Tours
52 Abingdon Rd,
NSW  2069

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