Power project skirts around nesting mudlarks
A family of mudlarks have made their nest atop an old power pole set to be dismantled to make way for the new Pilbara Underground Power project in Bulgarra.
Horizon Power encountered the minor setback when the pole was due to be taken down early this month.
Retail manager for Horizon Power Georgia Stewart said the birds have not disrupted the power project’s schedule greatly.
“We contacted the Department of Parks and Wildlife to investigate the type of bird the nest was from,” she said.
“As the young typically leave the nest within three weeks, we were advised against the removal or relocation of the nest.
“Once looking at the project schedule, we were able to leave the pole in position for that time without disruption.”
This is one of the first instances recorded for Horizon Power of young being in the nest while poles are being dismantled.
A mudlark’s power pole is his castle for now.