Bundaberg bird club member Trevor Quested wants to know about local jabiru sightings.
Bundaberg bird club member Trevor Quested wants to know about local jabiru sightings. Scottie Simmonds

Jabirus to visit the district

A BUNDABERG birdwatching group has asked residents to keep an eye out for any jabirus in the district.

Bundaberg Bird Observers Club president Trevor Quested said jabirus, also known as black-necked storks, were frequent visitors to the district.

“When we’re doing bird surveys in the port of Bundaberg area we often see them on a piece of land owned by the Port Authority,” he said.

“We’re hoping if members of the community see any of them they could let us know.”

Mr Quested said he had seen jabirus at Norval Park in the wetland people have to cross before getting to the beach.

“Often there is a pair so possibly it breeds nearby,” he said.

He said jabirus had also been seen along the Burnett River and at Moorlands Road.

Mr Quested said he was surprised to learn in a PhD paper by researcher Greg Clancy that powerlines were the leading cause of death of jabirus in NSW.

Powerlines caused 87 per cent of the deaths.

The rest were from fences, hunting, road kills and unknown causes.

“We can do something about that,” Mr Quested said.

He said electricity supply companies throughout the world had attempted to minimise the impact of hits on powerlines by large birds.

Discs or coloured tape had been placed on the conductors to make them more visible in areas of frequent waterbird strike on the NSW north coast and no jabirus or pelicans had been killed since 2000.

Mr Quested can be contacted on 0411 863 955.



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