birding-aus wood ducks

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Subject: birding-aus wood ducks
From: (Craig Eddie )
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 09:03:39 +1000

Several weeks ago I posted a request for help re: a small flock of
Australian Wood Duck which were creating extra work for the cleaners of
the local swimming pool (i.e. the ducks were defecating in & around the
edge of the pool overnight).

Thankyou to all those who replied with suggestions to deter the birds.
For anybody interested the suggestions were as follows:

* create an alternative wetland/roosting site nearby
* involve local school children & swimmers by "adopting the ducks"
(i.e.. they donate a small amount of their time to help clean up the
mess before they swim each morning)
* trap & relocate the birds (although this has been shown to fail even
when the birds are moved up to 30km away)
* pass a mild electronic current through the water
* cover the pool with a tarp
* installing a visual screen/barrier about 1 metre high, made of hessian
or similar material & placed around the perimeter of the pool; the
barrier acts as a deterrant for the birds as they can't see the approach
of potential predators

Thanks once again.  These ideas have been passed on to council.

Craig Eddie
Natural Resource Ranger
Roma District Office
Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service
Tel: (07) 4622 4266  Fax: (07) 4622 4151

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