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Black Swan at Mulligans Flat

Cygnus atratus at Mulligans Flat - 2 Jan 2021
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Identification history

Cygnus atratus 15 Jan 2021 DonFletcher
Bettongia gaimardi 14 Jan 2021 michaelb
Unidentified 4 Jan 2021 jgiacon

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Author's notes

I have no idea what made this. There seems to be an entrance on the left.

5 comments

michaelb wrote:
   14 Jan 2021
The bettong sleeps during the day in a domed nest. The nests are made with densely woven grass, leaves and shredded bark .
jgiacon wrote:
   14 Jan 2021
Thanks Michael. I've never seen anything like this in Aus before.
   15 Jan 2021
It may be a huge swan nest, with the apparent entrance being a shadow. However, megafauna such as huge swans are no longer found in Australia. I meant that this may be a huge nest made by a swan. I will post it to the COG chatline to confirm because several birdos visit the site regularly.
jgiacon wrote:
   15 Jan 2021
Thanks Don
   15 Jan 2021
Swan nest in that location was confirmed by Julie Clark of Canberra Ornithologist's Group (COG) who is a regular visitor. Apparently the pair had repeated attempts in the same location, possibly explaining the height of this particular nest.

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Nearby sightings

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Gallinago hardwickii (Latham's Snipe) at Mulligans Flat - 28 Jan 2021 by davidcunninghamwildlife Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Mulligans Flat - 20 Jan 2021 by trevsci Tolpis barbata (Yellow Hawkweed) at Mulligans Flat - 1 Jan 2021 by jgiacon Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy Apina callisto (Pasture Day Moth) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy Anhinga novaehollandiae (Australasian Darter) at Mulligans Flat - 11 Jun 2017 by SallyandPeter Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Mulligans Flat - 23 Feb 2017 by CedricBear Erythrogonys cinctus (Red-kneed Dotterel) at Mulligans Flat - 23 Feb 2017 by CedricBear Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Mulligans Flat - 22 Feb 2017 by CedricBear Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Mulligans Flat - 4 Nov 2016 by CedricBear Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Nov 2016 by CedricBear Tadorna tadornoides (Australian Shelduck) at Mulligans Flat - 13 Apr 2016 by RyuCallaway Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Mulligans Flat - 19 Jan 2016 by RyuCallaway Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Mulligans Flat - 30 May 2015 by RyuCallaway
Gallinago hardwickii (Latham's Snipe) at Mulligans Flat - 28 Jan 2021 by davidcunninghamwildlife
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Mulligans Flat - 20 Jan 2021 by trevsci
Tolpis barbata (Yellow Hawkweed) at Mulligans Flat - 1 Jan 2021 by jgiacon
Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy
Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy
Apina callisto (Pasture Day Moth) at Mulligans Flat - 9 Apr 2020 by Tammy
Anhinga novaehollandiae (Australasian Darter) at Mulligans Flat - 11 Jun 2017 by SallyandPeter
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Mulligans Flat - 23 Feb 2017 by CedricBear
Erythrogonys cinctus (Red-kneed Dotterel) at Mulligans Flat - 23 Feb 2017 by CedricBear
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Mulligans Flat - 22 Feb 2017 by CedricBear
Malacorhynchus membranaceus (Pink-eared Duck) at Mulligans Flat - 4 Nov 2016 by CedricBear
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Mulligans Flat - 3 Nov 2016 by CedricBear
Tadorna tadornoides (Australian Shelduck) at Mulligans Flat - 13 Apr 2016 by RyuCallaway
Platalea regia (Royal Spoonbill) at Mulligans Flat - 19 Jan 2016 by RyuCallaway
Platalea flavipes (Yellow-billed Spoonbill) at Mulligans Flat - 30 May 2015 by RyuCallaway

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  • 2 Jan 2021 09:24 AM Recorded on
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