bush stone curlews

To: "'Leanne Wheaton'" <>, <>
Subject: bush stone curlews
From: "Ian Clark" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2003 17:32:55 +1100
I would  probably be pointing the finger at rats  if there  are no
witness to the "crime "
Many  birds, mammals  or reptiles could be the culprit  
cheers ian 

I am working on a project in southern NSW to try and improve the
breeding success of our endangered bush stone curlew.

The eggs keep on disappearing and we have assumed in the past that it
is fox predation.

However we have 2 examples of birds this year that have lost eggs which
are behind predation proof fencing.

Does anyone have experience with birds of prey taking curlew eggs?  One
pair who have successfully bred behind a predation proof fence had a
failure this year and we assume it must have been birds

Do curlews eat their own eggs if they are infertile, or the baby is

What about goannas, and lizards?

All theories appreciated

Leanne Wheaton

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