Cape Barren Goose in North Adelaide

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Subject: Cape Barren Goose in North Adelaide
From: Philip Griffin <>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 10:42:51 +1030
Last Thursday, 26th November 2009, at about 5.45pm,
I saw a Cape Barren Goose on the playing field immediately
north of the intersection of Frome Rd and War Memorial Drive
North Adelaide.  (over the river from Adelaide Zoo)

I wondered at the time whether it was an escapee from the zoo.

This morning, 3rd December 2009,  I was in the same area at 9.10 and
saw a mound of grey feathers in the same area, and went over to investigate.
It was a decapitated and eviscerated Cape Barren Goose with both legs intact
and no sign of any bands - reducing the likelihood of it being a captive bird.
Underneath the carcass were some insects obviously enjoying a pre-Christmas
goose-flesh feast.  Also in the vicinity were some scats of a fox-like nature.
It had been dead for several days I believe.

I've just rung the Zoo, and they had had a couple of Cape Barren Goose
phone calls about a week ago.  One from the Botanic Gardens where
presumably this bird briefly visited, and from another person who'd also
seen it in the vicinity. The Zoo confirmed it wasn't their bird.

I don't know how close they get to Adelaide, I haven't seen them
closer than Victor Harbor/Goolwa, I think there was a record a
while back from Aldinga or somewhere?


Philip Griffin
philipgriffin at gmail dot com

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