Magpie Geese, Clarence Valley, North Coast NSW

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Subject: Magpie Geese, Clarence Valley, North Coast NSW
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2008 10:09:51 +1000
On the topic of Magpie Geese, a small group of local birdos did the rounds of 
the wetlands on Thursday (June 5) to check on the breeding status of the local 
Black-necked (Satin) Storks.  Three adult storks were present at Crowsnest 
Swamp, near Pillar Valley.  In addition there were at least 6 Magpie Geese, 
partly obscured by the tall rushes.  There may well have been more there.  
Sightings of Magpie Geese in the Valley have decreased from regular 
observations of 50-100 birds to virtually none, except for 2 birds at a poultry 
farm north of Coutts Crossing some weeks ago, and the birds seen on Thursday.  
Although it can't be proven, geese being seen in other parts of northern NSW 
may have originated in the Valley.  The other alternative is that they have 
just flown to less accessible (less visible) areas of the Valley.

A total of 11 Storks was seen - 3 adults at Crowsnest Swamp, an adult pair at 
the nest at Gilletts Ridge, a pair on the nest and a juvenile at a wetland at 
Coutts Crossing, a banded juvenile between Gilletts Ridge and Ulmarra and a 
pair at or near the nest at Swan Creek.

Brolgas, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Comb-crested Jacanas were at a number of 
sites.  Four Coastal Emus were at Crowsnest Swamp.

Greg Clancy

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