Ibis habitat destroyed

To: 'David Clark' <>, 'Philip Veerman' <>
Subject: Ibis habitat destroyed
From: "Ross Macfarlane (TPG)" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:39:11 +0000
I tend to agree. White ibises overall are more than fine as a result of them 
doing well around human habitation (I grieve to hear such beautiful birds being 
called "bin chickens", but that's another matter). The effect of the loss of 
habitat on endangered woodland birds is what is of most concern. How much of a 
loss the habitat along Westconnex is, I couldn't say.

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
David Clark
Sent: Sunday, 29 November 2015 3:05 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: birding-aus; Denise Goodfellow
Subject: Ibis habitat destroyed

Philip, Denise and others

My view is that what folk think about Ibis is largely irrelevant.

I am more concerned about the potential loss of habitat.  I assume that the 
developers are required to offset habitat loss and there should be a net gain.  
However, such works are often at the tail end of construction so there will be 
a period where there is no suitable habitat for Ibis and other creatures.

It would be worth looking at the environmental effects statement for the 
project and the environmental management plan (or whatever it's called) before 
taking this matter up with whoever is responsible.



Sent from my iPad

> On 29 Nov 2015, at 12:05 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> I have given an answer to Denise, based on my observing the Ibis in 
> Sydney, but will not send to the list so quickly. I am curious what 
> other attitudes are out there, before giving my own influence. But ask 
> me if you are interested. The one thing I will add for now is the 
> discussion not so long ago about their nickname as "dump chooks / turkeys".
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus  On 
> Behalf Of Denise Goodfellow
> Sent: Sunday, 29 November 2015 8:03 AM
> To: birding-aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Ibis habitat destroyed
> I’ve just received this email. Does anyone out there have any 
> information, an opinion?
> Dear Denise, I wanted to ask your advice: here in Sydney they are 
> carving up the side of the road to create the biggest infrastructure 
> in the country The West Connex. It breaks my heart every time I see it 
> because the beautiful Ibis that used to nest in big gatherings have 
> had their habitat entirely destroyed not to mention now Ibis sitting 
> on tree stumps where everything has been chopped down in preparation 
> for the next stage of development. Dead Ibis scatter the freeway- it 
> is appalling - do you know what I can do to raise this issue?
> Cali Prince
> Thanks
> Denise
> Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
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