Red-caps. at Truganina.

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Subject: Red-caps. at Truganina.
From: David Richardson <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:42:53 +1000
On 1/Nov/2008 I met a woman at Truganina Swamp,Altona,who was monitoring
several pairs of nesting Red-capped Plovers for a university study.
This afternoon I was dismayed to see two grown men almost trampling on
little Red-caps as they played with two remote-controlled toy cars,driving
them all over the area favoured by the plovers for nesting.

They also had a supply of alcohol with them.When they left by clambouring
over the Melbourne Water fence,they did so while still clutching their
precious stubbies.They got into a Ute and drove off,no doubt to return.

I noted the reg.number,but what can be done?

This area is clearly signed by Melbourne water as a conservation area with a
request to keep out.

I have so far only counted 4 Red-caps this year,when in the past there has
been 10 or so.I think I've found the reason for the decline.

David Richardson

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