As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Rare birds thrive in new home

By Jarrad Delaney
April 11, 2013, 10:09 a.m.

A LOCAL former oyster grower who has helped with the breeding season of native ospreys for over 20 years has provided permanent assistance to the birds.

Royce Hart originally constructed breeding platforms for two ospreys, which he has named ‘Oscar’ and ‘Ophelia’, after they returned every breeding season to his oyster lease at Denial Bay.

The birds would arrive in time for, or on Mother’s Day each year for breeding.

Mr Hart built the first platform in 1990, and has worked to replace them as weather and water caused them to deteriorate.

He said he wanted to leave the birds with something he wouldn’t have to continue worrying about.

“The platforms deteriorate out in the water, and they come back to the same spot each year like clockwork,” he said.

“I’ve been getting old and I wanted something permanent for them, and I was able to find it.”

Together with a team of volunteers, Mr Hart was able to put together and erect a new platform made of fibreglass, which is expected to last between 75 to 100 years.

Adelaide company Replas supplied the fibreglass parts for the platform.

Andre Seidl helped Mr Hart put the platform together before it was taken out into the water and put into the ocean floor with help from a water pump.

Mr Hart said he is satisfied with the final result.

“I’m extremely satisfied with how it turned out, it will provide an ideal nest for the ospreys,” he said.

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