Re: 400 Dead Pink-ears at WTP, Werribee

To: Andrew Plimer <>
Subject: Re: 400 Dead Pink-ears at WTP, Werribee
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 16:20:54 +1100
Seems strange that the problem ONLY affected pink-ears (according to the report). Since they are usually found with other species then I would have thought a spray would have affected several species?

On 12/1/05, Andrew Plimer <> wrote:
Re: Pink-eared Ducks

Last Saturday I volunteered to assist DEH (S.A), Parks and Wildlife,
RSPCA and other NGO's in a bird rescue operation at Bolivar Wastewater
Treatment Plant north of Adelaide.

A non-toxic spray used to control midge fly was on one of the ponds.
This compromised the birds (mainly Eurasian Coots and Black Swans)
ability to remain water proof (see link below for full details).,5936,17381313%2

Is there any possibility that a similar product was used at Werribee? If
so, it is a concern that this has been missed in any research carried
out before spraying was permitted.


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[mailto:m("","owner-birding-aus");"> ] On Behalf Of Ben Hope
Sent: Thursday, 1 December 2005 2:24 PM
To: Dave Torr
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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: 400 Dead Pink-ears at WTP, Werribee

Hi all,
Does anyone suspect fowl play?


On 12/1/05, Dave Torr <> wrote:
> Report in "The Age" today (
> that 400 Pink-ears found dead at WTP - no reason known yet and no
> species apparently affected
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