Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands

To: "" <>, Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands
From: Mark Booth <>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 09:32:39 +0000
We came across a galah trapped in netting at the new ponds in Fadden Pines this evening.

We went home to get scissors to cut the netting but when we returned two gentlemen were attempting to free the bird.  After a bit of a struggle using the scissors to cut the net, they did free it and it flew away apparently unharmed.

We reported this to ACT Wildlife.

Ann & Mark 

On Saturday, 4 May 2019, 2:45:39 pm AEST, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

Of course not Sue.  They’ve done their bit by giving you the phone number.   It’s the birds’ fault.  After all the netting is there ‘to protect young plants from birds who routinely (sic) eat and trample new plantings …..’  FURTHERMORE:  ‘there may be a few issues along the way including … birds and other animals getting stuck in plant netting’.    


From: Sue Beatty <>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2019 1:46 PM
To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands


Thanks Geoffrey,

Nobody answering the phone at Able Landscaping. Birds need to be careful not to get caught at weekends as well as not over deep water. I’ll let them know on Monday for the record.



From: Geoffrey Dabb <m("","gdabb");" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">>
Sent: Saturday, 4 May 2019 1:20 PM
To: m("","canberrabirds");" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Young Wood Duck trapped In nets at Holder Wetlands


And perhaps Able Landscaping


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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.




You need to call ACT Wildlife Sue.







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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