Bustards in Vic

To: James Mustafa <>
Subject: Bustards in Vic
From: Paul Dodd <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:59:53 +0100
Oh, James, if you're interested in Bustards in Victoria, Ruth has folder after 
folder of archive material at Serendip and is regularly in touch with members 
of the survey teams from the 70s, 80s and 90s.


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> On 13 Jul 2014, at 6:39 am, James Mustafa <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Recently Scott Baker and I ventured to Yanac to try to find Australian
> Bustard, a bird that seems rarely recorded in Victoria, especially within
> the past decade. Guided by historic records from Rob Farnes we arrived and
> met with local farmers who pointed us in the right direction (to find the
> 'bush turkey's). Within an hour, we found a group of at least 10 birds (6
> females, 4 males) on a property 5.3kms along Millers Rd. This was a Vic
> Tick for Scott and bird number 347 for Victorian Big Year (more information
> on my Vic Big Year can be found at
> I'm interested in any information on Australian Bustard's in Victoria as
> they seem hardly reported. I recently also spoke to the managers up at Neds
> Corner who inform me that they have also recorded Bustard on their property
> in the last 10 years. Is there a bird that actually has a large population
> and stronghold from Yanac, Telopea downs and beyond? Possibly 100, 200, 500
> strong? Perhaps some more information on this fantastically monstrous bird
> could provide Victorian's with the kick/info they need to check them out.
> All the best,
> James Mustafa
> 0400 951 517
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