Yarrawonga Chronicle

Swan off from my crops

- BY ROBERT MUIR

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“It scares the swans away – they were eating my crops,” Ron explained. “It’s been effective. All the birds took flight.”

“Mick Mullarvey (brother-in-law) bought Sheryl (Ron’s wife) one of these swans as a Christmas present three or four years ago. That one no longer exists but three weeks ago I decided to buy one and put at the water’s edge beside the wheat crop,” Ron explained.

Dubbed ‘Ernie’ after Big Bird Ernie, the results of the metre-plus long white protector with a keen eye have been pleasing after the real live swans were having a pinic.

Mulwala farmer Ron Cavanagh has conspicuou­s looking plastic swan on property in an effort to save his crops.

 ??  ?? Ron Cavanagh’s wheat crop is much bigger than this – the area being eaten by swans.
Ron Cavanagh’s wheat crop is much bigger than this – the area being eaten by swans.
 ??  ?? Ron Cavanagh (left) with his swan ‘Ernie’ and this story’s journalist.
Ron Cavanagh (left) with his swan ‘Ernie’ and this story’s journalist.

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