Power project skirts around nest­ing mud­larks

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

A mud­lark’s power pole is his cas­tle for now.

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