Mud Trap

Subject: Mud Trap
From: "Wynton Maddeford" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 19:01:33 +0800
When walking around Blue Gum Lake (Perth) this morning i noticed an Australian Magpie stuck hopelessly in the muddy margins of the Lake.I retrieved the unfourunate bird, that was in a very depressed condition, and naturally was soaked in mud. It appeared to be an immature and perhaps unaware of the dangers of the muddy margins. 
This is the first time i have seen a bird stuck in the mud. I was wondering if other such instances have been recorded.
I took the bird to a wildlife carer and  hope it will recover.
Earlier in the morning i had visited Booragoon Lake and observed an Australasian Little Grebe with some fishing line wrapped around its neck. I mentioned this to the carer who advised it is probably a Jilgie (a type of  small marron) snare as she has heard of people using snares at this Lake.  The Grebe was in good condition , probably due to the line being loose around its neck. 
Wynton Maddeford

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