Re: Sightings around Geelong

Subject: Re: Sightings around Geelong
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 12:14:14 +1000

08/06/2004 -  A pair of Wedged Tailed Eagles sitting on the same branch in a tree above the Anglesea Coalmine.

08/06/2004 - Wintering Eastern Curlew at the Barwon River estuary, Sheepwash road.

08/06/2004 - 2 Black Tailed Native Hens at Airey's Inlet swamp.

Just a note about Airey's Inlet swamp:  A "beautification" program is underway conducted by a company called 'Waterways and Streams'  - or something like that.  All the Latham's Snipe Habitiat has been destroyed, which was also used by coots, swamp hens, moorhens etc, as a breeding and feeding area.

In place of the water ribbon etc, they have planted native grasses and trees, that may deter many species from visting the area. It really amazes me how such destruction can take place, for the sake of percieved  'prettiness'.  You cant get more ugly than cleared mud with tyre marks through it, in my opinion!


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