Residents alarmed at dead birds found along coast
ROCKINGHAM residents were alarmed to find dead birds washing up along the coast last week.
Caroline Hume said there were pigeons falling out of the sky at Rockingham dog beach.
“I also found dead pigeons in the bush next to Bunnings,” she said.
Lynette Taiwhati was shocked to find a dead penguin and many dead pigeons scattered across a Safety Bay beach.
“There were so many dead birds,” she said.
“I only walked a short distance as there was just too many dead birds. I looked up the beach towards Warnbro and all I could see were dead birds.”
John Castle found dead pigeons along the Rockingham beach foreshore.
“It was mainly around the Wanliss Street end heading towards the grain terminals,” he said. “I stopped counting after I got to 70 dead birds.”
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said a small dead penguin on Safety Bay Beach was collected and sent to Perth Zoo for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The results will be available in a few weeks.
Cr Sammels said the City had been made aware that grain exporter CBH, which has a grain terminal in the area, had engaged licensed pest technicians to carry out a baiting program to control the large number of feral pigeons.
“The City has contacted CBH and is currently investigating to ensure that the program is being conducted in a manner that does not cause any undue harm to the community,” he said.
Several enquiries were received by the council but no complaints have been lodged.
CBH group general manager operations David Capper said the company regularly monitors the number of feral birds, such as pigeons, at their sites.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that we meet Australian food export standards and quarantine regulations,” he said.
“CBH undertakes a number of feral bird control methods at our sites.
“As a last resort, baiting is used as a control method when feral bird numbers are at a level that constitutes significant risk to food safety or grain quality, and where the potential exists for export and quarantine requirements to be impacted. CBH can also be directed by relevant authorities to undertake control measures as required by the Export Control Act 1982.
“CBH’s pest management protocols align with relevant government regulations, and ensure best practices and humane methods are utilised with feral bird control.”
Lynette Taiwhati took these photos of dead birds at Safety Bay last Friday.