Brolga - Barmah State Park, Murray River, Victoria

Subject: Brolga - Barmah State Park, Murray River, Victoria
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 08:35:38 +1100
Just passing on a new locality record for a rare and threatened species in 

There has been the first official record of Brolgas from within the River 
Red-gum forest boundary in Barmah State Park north east of Echuca (Late 
Feb - early March 2007).  The birds were detected during a survey for 
cryptic waterbirds (crakes and rails) in northern part of Barmah State 

An adult pair of Brolga was observed by biologist Keith Ward 
(Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority) and an atlas card has 
been completed.

Brolgas are a threatened species in Victoria and ALL sightings should be 
formally atlassed.  Keith has an image of the birds with a pair of Emu 
also in the photo.

I encourage all birdos to forward their observations to the relevant state 
fauna databases, especially in these dry conditions that may be pushing 
birds into new locations.

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002



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