Duck eggs res­cued from sta­dium site

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

FOUR wild duck­lings have hatched af­ter builders found eggs at the Perth Sta­dium con­struc­tion site in Burswood.

Kanyana Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre hos­pi­tal man­ager Tasha Hen­nings said work­ers found the eggs on site and took them to the Lesmurdie cen­tre, warmly wrapped, on Au­gust 31.

Ms Hen­nings said the eggs had to be re­moved from the con­struc­tion site and sim­ply mov­ing them nearby was not an op­tion as the mother duck, who ran away, would not have re­turned to them.

Two of the pa­cific black duck eggs hatched on Septem­ber 4 and the other two duck­lings cracked out of their shells on Septem­ber 5.

Af­ter a cou­ple of days of ob­ser­va­tion, a vol­un­teer carer took them to her home in Camillo, where they will stay un­til ready to be re­leased back into the wild in a few weeks.

“They will need about eight weeks in care in to­tal,” Ms Hen­nings said.

“Ducks thank­fully are one of the eas­i­est ones; they al­ready know how to eat, they al­ready know how to drink.” Sue Rose, of Kanyana Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, with one of the four duck­lings. d459237

The cen­tre has al­ready had al­most 60 duck­lings come into care this spring, the first species in the baby bird sea­son.

“In the next cou­ple of months, we are just go­ing to be full of baby birds,” Ms Hen­nings said, adding many would be hon­eyeaters, ravens and mag­pies.

She said if peo­ple found duck­lings, they should en­sure they were aban­doned or in­jured be­fore tak­ing them to a wildlife res­cue cen­tre, and avoid cud­dling them.

“Duck­lings im­print very eas­ily,” she said.

“If some­one cud­dles them, they will re­ally bond with peo­ple, then they be­lieve (that per­son is) mum and for­get they are ducks.”

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) re­minded the pub­lic to be aware of duck fam­i­lies mov­ing around and re­main cau­tious on roads and cy­cle paths this month.

Wildlife of­fi­cer Karen Smith said ducks and duck­lings of­ten crossed busy roads be­tween nest­ing sites and wet­lands.

Call Kanyana on 9291 3900 or the DPAW Wild­care Helpline on 9474 9055 to report sick or in­jured wildlife.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

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