FW: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 03:19:45 +0000

And perhaps Able Landscaping


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From: Sue Beatty <>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2019 1:05 PM
To: 'Denise Kay' <>
Cc: 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands


Thanks Denise,

Of course I should have! Not that it would have helped the drowning Duck. I just phoned them anyway so they could log it.



From: Denise Kay <>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2019 12:51 PM
To: Sue Beatty <>
Cc: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands


You need to call ACT Wildlife Sue.





Denise Kay

Flying Fox Coordinator

ACT Wildlife




On 4 May 2019, at 12:34 pm, Sue Beatty <> wrote:


I’ve been keeping an eye on these new wetlands established by the ACT Government as part of “ACT Healthy Waterways”. Not so healthy for the young Wood Duck that I found struggling in the net, hopelessly tangled and trying to keep its head above water to avoid drowning. I wasted 10 precious minutes trying to phone WIRES but gave up trying to navigate the phone options and plunged in to the pond to see if I could save the Duck. I got soaked up to the knees, but the poor thing died just as I discovered that I’d have needed strong scissors or a pocket knife to free it. I wonder how much longer the ponds will be surrounded by these nets. The Wood Ducks had successfully raised their family there until now, but until the last couple of days I don’t think there was much water in the ponds. Now the nets are trailing in the water just where ducks dabble.

I left the corpse hanging in the nets. Might take scissors next time I visit!



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