Although I visit often for the sheer peace and bleakness of the area, I rarely take my camera to the local marshes as it is so frustrating to be unable to take decent images of what I see, and I have so little knowledge of the birds to identify them 'on the hoof'.
It's rather embarrassing to find that the only pictures I manage are of rather exotic birds such as storks and spoonbills or not supposed to be there like this swan goose and the sacred ibis I saw two years ago. All found cavorting happily in fields by working farmsteads and thriving in a working agricultural, salt producing and oyster/mussel farming environment.
The stork and spoonbill are regular migrants here and so this is their natural summer environment, they (and many other migrant and 'indiginant' birds are protected species). However the Ibis which is presumed to be a zoo escapee is also protected as is I think the Swan goose.
Could the protection of 'escapees' damage the overall balance of such environments or does the fact that a species so endangered in it's original habitat , such as the swan goose, warrant it being protected and allowed to establish elsewhere regardless of the consequences?