Plumed Whistling Ducks near Gloucester

To: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Subject: Plumed Whistling Ducks near Gloucester
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 16:29:17 +1100
Dear Alan and all
Got home last night to be told by my neighbour that the Plumed Whistling-ducks were back on his large dam but this time only 80-100. Problem in this area (like most of Australia) is that many large dams and other good bird habitats are well out of sight of public roads so unless one knows landowners with bird-conscious eyes, we never get to hear about it.

Penny (and the list)

Plumed Whistling-duck frequently are seen at a spot near Singleton
("Doughboy Hollow"), and present there in numbers of between 100-200
birds (but there is a  peak count of 373 birds in 2003).  They come and
go from this location, and we have only occasional other reports of them
from within the Hunter region, usually just in small numbers although
there have been recent records of 30-40 birds near Minmi and a pair bred
there in 2004. So the sighting at Craven is of considerable interest!

For those not familiar with the geography around here, the distance
between Craven and Singleton is not huge.  Maybe 30-40km, at a guess.

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