Magpie Geese in Victoria

To: Peter Menkhorst <>
Subject: Magpie Geese in Victoria
From: Jenny Spry <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:21:13 +1000
Hi Peter,

Thanks for the information on the Geese. It certainly is good to know the
re-introduction has been so successful. The birds must certainly disperse
in very small groups because I could find very few records of sightings in
Birdline or B-A. It seems that they don't get a mention until there is a
major congregation somewhere. I wonder where they went during the drought
years of 2000 - 2010? Anyway, thanks for solving the problem.



On 7 June 2014 19:23, <> wrote:

>  Hi Jenny and others
> As Bob Green has intimated, there is no need to invoke the immigration
> hypothesis to explain flocks of 2000+ Magpie Geese in Victoria. That is now
> the size of the sw Vic - se SA population and is indicative of the success
> of a re-introduction program initiated by the Victorian Fisheries and
> Wildlife Dept during the late 1960s. Most of the time the population is
> highly dispersed, but when they aggregate for breeding at Bool Lagoon, or
> at drought refuges such as Lake Yambuk, we get an indication of the total
> population size - at least 2000 and possibly as many as 4000 birds.
> Peter Menkhorst
> Melbourne
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