Lake Ballard Birds

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Interesting read http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-21/banded-stilts-migrate-to-kalgoolie-after-heavy-rain/5275542?section=wa

Conicides with a run I did on the Australia Day LWE up the Mt Jackson Road with it being flooded and not even getting to the Hamersley Lake system. So theres been a good bucketing in the Jackson/Menzies region
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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 16:47

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 16:47
Hi

Kalgoorlie-Boulder weather station recorded 103 mm on 23rd January - Lake Lefroy was still pretty flooded on 10th February when I paid a visit....




Satellite image from 17 Feb shows darker blue areas = water in Goldfields salt lakes.



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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:59

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:59
Thanks for the sat image Greg. Graphic picture of the extent of clearing for agriculture in WA.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 13:05

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 13:05
..it is indeed a bit depressing.

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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:08

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:08
yes significant event I was following the rains and wondered if it was enough to trigger breeding - seems it was.

Im waiting for lake boonderoo to fill again it filled to such a level in 95 there was still plenty of water left in 2004 when I visited
local that visited it full described it as awsome just a vast inland see well above all the flooded trees (there were dead trees there now as far as the eye can see in 2004

and the ones in the actual lake give an idea exactly how much water there was
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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 22:25

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 22:25
I'll be there next weekend I'll give you an update...

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Reply By: Tony I - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:33

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 20:33
Reminds me of Cyclone Bobby in the mid 90's that closed mines and exploration projects through the goldfields. Rumour at the time from CALM( DEC aka DPAW) was that you could canoe all the way from Lake Austin near Cue to Esperance. I know topographically you could get all the way to Lake Cowan near Norseman but the reminder to the coast I'm not so sure about. Anyone else remember this?
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 21:42

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 21:42
Think thats a bit of an ex aduration but ill try and find the write up from the guys that gave it a shake
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 21:45

Follow Up By: Tony I - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 22:14

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 22:14
Thanks for the link mate. I remember the expedition and they chose a course too far east to end up in the ocean, Lake Ponton is in the Fraser Range geological field and is too far east to feed into the system thats winds it way to Esperance. Lake Cowan and Lake Hope both traditionally drained into the Ocean only our intervention and low rainfall have prevented this from happening recently.
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Reply By: Rod W - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00
I assume there will be an influx of all the predators both native and feral as well. Would be interesting to visit.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 11:56

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 11:56
Yes - word is that the breeding colony at Lake Ballard "failed"..i.e. water at that particular location (a small island) didn't stay long enough for birds to lay eggs and young to mature enough to fly off, before being abandoned by parents.

I found several young banded stilts wondering along tracks around Lake Disappointment last year - easy pickings for birds of prey, foxes and cats.



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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 15:56

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 15:56
well thats the whole idea rod - lake ballard, as well as lake barlee as you know are dotted with islands

wouldnt take much water to discoarage most preditors from paying a visit to them
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