Black Swans in cow paddock

To: "'Chris Baxter'" <>, "'Paul & Irene Osborn'" <>
Subject: Black Swans in cow paddock
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:00:35 +1000
I have seen that but very few times, only one or two birds and not far
from water. Chris says "may be many kms from river/lagoon". My question
is: When it comes time to arrive or leave, do they fly in or out from
the land surface or do they need to walk to or from the water to get
there or leave there. Surely at best they would find it hard to start or
end a flight on land, not water.


-----Original Message-----From: 
 On Behalf Of Chris
Sent: Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:31 AM  To: 'Paul & Irene Osborn'
Cc: Birding-Aus Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Black Swans in cow paddock

Hi Paul/All

This is not unusual behaviour on Kangaroo Island, SA as Black Swans move
onto wet pastured paddocks during late Autumn-Winter and Spring to feed
on green clover etc. They are in 100s sometimes and may be many kms from
river/lagoon. We even have 100-200 Pied Oystercatchers doing the
same-albeit maybe only several 100 m from the sea on coastal farmland.


Chris Baxter

-----Original Message-----From: 
 On Behalf Of Paul &
Irene Osborn
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:52 AM To: 
Subject: Black Swans in cow paddock

Earlier this week my wife saw a pair of Black Swans walking about in an
open grassy paddock with a mob of cattle. Nearest water was about 300m
away. I've 
only ever seen Swans in or adjacent to water (except when flying) and
was wondering if this was unusual behaviour.
Paul Osborn
Bulahdelah, NSW 



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