RFI Reedy Lake, soutth of Whroo Historic Reserve

Subject: RFI Reedy Lake, soutth of Whroo Historic Reserve
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 15:21:24 +1000
Sunday 13th April - we were driving back from Rushworth via forest country, looking for birds. We found ourselves south of the Whroo Historic Reserve at Reedy Lake, which we understand is a Wildlife Reserve, often seen on the map but never visited. The ground was hard and dry so we explored by 2WD. A track leads in to the Lake from the south through beautiful Yellow Gum woodland. When we arrived at the Lake we were delighted to find that it was full of water, and full of birds - notably about 25 Yellow-billed Spoonbills, two Black Swans, one Strawnecked Ibis, a White-necked Heron, and lots of Black Duck, some leading young ducklings, and Teal - some were Chestnut Teal, and others unidentified. One Swamp Harrier sailed overhead. We were not so pleased to find a number of shotgun shells and 22 cartridges lying about, as well as a fairly recent dead Welcome Swallow -?shot.. (My husband picked up a lot of the brass 22 cases for his scrapmetal collection). The edges were too muddy to investigate closely but there were certainly plenty of waterbirds about.

We drove on round the Lake on a vehicle-track and noticed two or three young men with cars and a camp set up near the track. We made an assumption about the origin of the shooting debris. We found more shotgun shells as we drove round . We also noticed a 4" plastic pipe leading to the Lake, apparently taking water, but whether in or out we don't know.

After a fruitless morning looking for information on the web and by phone, we would like to know:
What is the status of this Reserve?
Is camping permitted?
Is shooting permitted? (we assume not).
Is it patrolled by Parks or Wildlife authorities? Is the Lake used as a water-source for irrigation or domestic supply? Is it artificially connected to State Rivers installations such as the lake at Nagambie? How long has it held water? - we have been told that it had been dry for years.

Other birds seen were Musk Lorikeets, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Noisy Friarbirds, Eastern Rosellas,Galahs, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Grey Thrush, Magpie-lark, Magpies, Australian Raven, Welcome Swallows, Willy Wagtails, Brown Treecreeper, and a Wedgetailed Eagle.

Anthea Fleming
Ivanhoe, Vic

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