Green Pygmy Goose update

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Subject: Green Pygmy Goose update
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:48:39 +1000
I finally found a couple of spare hours this afternoon to see if the Green 
Pygmy Geese were still at Moonee, NSW.  Warren Thompson, Val and I arrived at 
Smiths Lake just after 1500 hrs and almost instantly saw the male Goose 
swimming about 20 m from the shore.  We couldn't see the female at first but 
after about 5 minutes I spotted it a little further out than the male.  I took 
some photos and then scanned the lake for other treats.  We observed 20 
Wandering Whistling-Ducks, 4 Comb-crested Jacanas, an adult male Mallard and 
another male duck that looked like a Mallard cross, as well as numerous 
Hardheads, Pacific Black Ducks, Eurasian Coot etc.  The Goose was a lifer for 
the three of us, following on two different observations of the Cotton 
Pygmy-Goose on the NSW North Coast in recent years.  

Greg Clancy
Ecologist and Wildlife Guide
Coutts Crossing NSW 

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