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Flood creates new perches in lagoon

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

Lagoon Friends' bird enthusiast Russell Beardmore makes the following observation:

"You have probably seen the clumps of dead lantana that have been deposited in the lower lagoon during the flood a few weeks ago. They are not attractive but we wondered whether birds might use them in any way. A variety of species are showing interest in the clumps, especially the Welcome Swallows but also waterbirds - Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Dusky Moorhen. We have to wonder what sort of habitat even larger clumps might provide!"

As birds appear to be readily attracted to these lantana structures, there may be a role for floating wetland pontoons to play in improving avian habitat in the main water body.

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