Birds flock to weeds
THESE dusky moorhens had no problems with a noxious weed choking the lake surrounding the Ferndale housing estate in Port Douglas last week.
The recent infestation known as Salvinia molesta had almost completely covered the man-made lake, with Cairns Regional Council attempting to reclaim the waterway.
“Salvinia molesta is an invasive aquatic weed that prefers the warmer season and under optimum growth can double in volume every two to three days,” council’s natural areas management coordinator Russell Wild said.
“Council is using an integrated approach to slowing the infestation with a mixture of herbicide, biological, mechanical and containment booms to control the aquatic pest plant.”
Making the most of it: the dusky moorhens among the weeds