The local was Geoff Leslie who is the Baptist Pastor from Barham NSW. Geoff is
a very good
local birder and is second only to the legendry Simon Starr for the area.
I was with Geoff about a month ago and we saw the ostriches and some other good
birds - Chestnut crowned babbler (about 20), bush curlew, white backed swallow,
friar birds - both
western gerygone etc.
> Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:51:41 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] NSW Ostriches
> Hi all,
> Well, I did get a reply from a local - Barham - resident about the Ostriches
> that I saw and it seems they really are a feral self-sustaining population,
> and have been for many years. Here is the text from an email I got:
> “There are about 25 adult ostriches now running loose and free on "Cadell".
> They've been there for quite a few years and have bred up from just a pair.
> I live in Barham and as far as I know, they are abandoned from a failed
> breeding enterprise back in the 90s and certainly now enjoy freedom to roam
> and breed. I hadn't seen any chicks this year, but they seem to produce a
> good clutch or two every year, so this excellent season will no doubt
> produce extra fecundity.”
> So, if anyone wants “Ostrich” for their list it seems this is the place to
> go, it is certainly easier and cheaper than hiring a light plane to fly out
> over SA (smile). The Murray full of water is also a spectacular sight and
> Moama and Barham are good places to stay and see it.
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