On Sunday, my husband and I made a spontaneous lunchtime decision to drive up to Bribie Island (45 mins north) to check out Buckley's Hole bird hide. After sitting for a while (with no binoculars), using my zoom lens to scan the hide, we saw a few birds I hadn't managed to see or capture before.
A local birder arrived before sunset and told us of the sad events at the hide - a Lace Monitor (apparently around 16 foot) had been feeding on the bird life. There were around 25-30 Comb-crested Jacanas and now only an adult and two juveniles left.
And we only saw a few Australasian Grebes.
This first one was playing & splashing about. Quite cute to watch.
This one looks a little older (possibly an adult??) and was more sedate.
The local birders are petitioning for the removal of the Lace Monitor due to it's affect on the bird population in this protected area. It is also responsible for the loss of over 40 Moorhens and numerous nests with eggs of various birds being eaten whole.
Thanks for bearing with me and the ridiculous amount of images...
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