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, 28 November 2014

Charles Sturt Council considers ibis cull on Delfin Island at West Lakes

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 5:00PM

CHARLES Sturt Council is considering culling ibises to stop them destroying vegetation and killing ducklings at West Lakes.

Residents have petitioned the council to take action against a group of about 200 ibises on Delfin Island.

Head petitioner Robert Boyd said the birds were killing ducklings, destroying plants and covering the island and homes in bird poo.

The council is consulting a species ecologist to determine the most effective way of controlling the birds.

Council chief executive Mark Withers said a selective cull of the birds was among the options.

“We are considering removing some of the trees in which the birds are nesting to reduce the area for nests and also some selective culling,” he said.

Ibis are a protected species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

To proceed with a cull, the council would need a destruction permit from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

“As we are approaching the end of the breeding season, there is not much time to wait until breeding is over and the birds are just roosting at the sites,” Mr Withers said.

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