Montforts Chick is still alive and looking good

The Montforts Chick is still alive and looking good. It expected to fledge on the 7 – 8th of January. Keep your fingers and toes crossed.

But wait, there’s more. We also have two chicks at St Andrews Beach, access from Moana Court. Two chicks are a few days old and are getting great protection from Parks Victoria. There are also other nests along this beach which are due to hatch soon.

And the really good news is most dog walkers are keeping their dogs on a lead. Over 90% compliant on Sunday morning.

 

Montfords Beach chicks Dec 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Moana Court Dec - Jan 2012

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2 thoughts on “Montforts Chick is still alive and looking good

  1. My friend photographed a pair of Hooded Plovers two weeks ago. Chick looked good and well fed. Glad to read such news. Great blog!

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  2. Snowy River says:

    Mont Fort – One of the few beaches that is not baited or patrolled (until a week ago) by Parks or Hooded Plover supporters (so called). The second chick of three died the day your signs went up, squashed by a tourist with a camera, attracted by the signs and wanting to get a photo of the chicks. The first died of natural causes two days after hatching. The skeleton was intact.

    When are you people going to recognise that changing storm patterns combined with high tides are the main reason for the failure rate. Mont Fort (Centrals to us locals) is well protected by an outer reef. It does not have a large shore break and storm surges rarely push up to the primary dunes. All other beaches with HPs are sand breaks with no reefs to dissipate the energy of the waves before they reach the shore. Koonya has very deep water close to shore with only patches of reef with deep channels in between. These actually assist to channel the wave energy through to the shore break. Rising sea levels increase high tides levels by 10 times when combined with an on-shore storm. So long term this is a losing battle.

    Second to this are predator birds. I have lived here for 40 years and witnessed other birds harass the HPs. Silver Gulls, Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons, Magpies, Australian Ravens, Sea Eagles and Barn Owls have all been spotted within the Koonya-Rye stretch. There is a definite increase in birds that were once never seen on the back beaches. Magpies and Kestrels are sited daily within HP runs.

    Then comes humans. Visitor numbers have increased exponentially against dog ownership increases on the MP. Blaming the easy target, dogs, is grasping at straws. If you observe the average dog they have no idea the HP even exist. They’re well fed and well entertained. HPs survived dingoes which were abundant on the MP in the mid 1800s. If it was able to allude a shrewd top order predator how you can lay near total blame on a domesticated dog?

    What about the horses riding along the beach at St.Andrews? Too bigger commercial target for you to take on. Do you think a quad bike at dawn speeding along the beach is disruptive to the HPs? Laying baits that kill a multitude of non-targeted animals to protect a bird that the ocean will wipe out. What ever you do this bird’s number is up. The birds will become extinct due to the bigger problems created by man.

    Your campaign ties up Parks Vic resources. Rangers needlessly patrol beaches for dogs instead of doing real work such as weed removal in a park 90% over run.

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