Pelican breeding query
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 16:21:28 +1100
A question for waterbird or Pelican observers.
Friends of French Island (Western Port Bay, Victoria) recently had their
Annual General Meeting. The issue of Pelican breeding arose as the island
has, until recently, been a breeding location for the species in southern
Victoria. Most breeding by pelicans in Victoria now occurs on Mud Islands
in Port Philip Bay.
In recent years Pelicans have failed to nest/breed on the island and I
have been asked whether drought has resulted in nearby freshwater wetlands
being dry and hence having an impact on the species freshwater requirement
(if any) during breeding.
Does anyone have experience with Pelican colonies that would indicate
freshwater being available nearby for nesting to occur?
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.
East Melbourne 3002
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