Fwd: Leanyer sewage ponds (Darwin)

Subject: Fwd: Leanyer sewage ponds (Darwin)
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:36:35 +0900

From: "Arthur & Sheryl Keates" <>
To: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Subject: Leanyer sewage ponds (Darwin)
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 05:32:38 +0930

Hi Frank
Would you mind putting the following message on birding-aus please, if you think the wording is ok?

Subject:  Leanyer sewage ponds (Darwin)
Apparently a pilot has reported a 2-3 m salt water crocodile in the ponds so access to the ponds will be denied until the croc is caught.  This particular croc has been in the ponds for over 5 years and local birders do not consider it a danger.  Being well fed on fish and ducks, the croc may take some time to lure into a trap.  There are another 2 smaller crocs present, one being a 'freshie'. 
Those of you who are familiar with the Leanyer ponds will know that birders drive around in the safety of their cars.  Birds are more approachable in this manner.  Under the terms of entry with Power & Water Authority, we are required to wear closed footwear (to kick the crocs out of the way, sic!). 
Last Friday 2 Little Ringed Plover and about 6 Yellow Wagtail were present.  Most of the thousands of ducks that were there before Christmas have dispersed to the wetlands.
Sheryl Keates

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
Phone : (08) 9386 5694              Email :


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