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A response to Mike Carter's/Neil Macumber's posting (28 February) about a
large collection of Brolga's near Dunkeld in western Victoria.
I've just checked the Arnol et al. (1984) reference on Brolga management in
Victoria and this identifies a Dunkeld flocking site for the species. The
numbers indicated at this site are given as greater than or equal to 20
birds so it seems that Neil's sighting is in fact quite notable for Brolgas
in this part of Victoria.
The following relevant text is taken from this report :
'Brolgas congregate at traditional flocking areas from late December to
early May, a period which coincides with the drying out of the shallow
freshwater marshes used as breeding areas. Flocking areas are generally
characterised by the presence of deep freshwater marshes which provide
areas for the Brolga's drinking, roosting and feeding requirements
throughout the drier months of the year.'
I encourage Neil to lodge such sightings onto Birdline Victoria as it's
important these habitats and associated species are formally identified and
recorded. If Neil could contact me directly, I can assist in this.
Note that Brolga's are a threatened species in Victoria so all sightings
need to be atlassed.
Arnol, J.D., White, D.M. & Hastings, I. (1984) Management of the Brolga in
Victoria. Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands, Victoria.
Fisheries and Wildlife Service, Technical Report Series No. 5.
Wildlife Biologist, Catchment Governance
Department of Sustainability and Environment
8 Nicholson Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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