Released birds breed at Moulamein!

We are very excited that we have had a number of our released birds at Moulamein successfully breed this season.

Peter Redfearn, on whose property we released 55 curlews from 2008 to 2012, recorded a number of breeding attempts by different pairs on his property over the last few months. There are now a number of young curlews running around, boosting the population at Moulamein further.

Nature Conservation Working Group’s goal was to supplement the very low remaining population at Moulamein in an attempt to give them a chance to re-establish a self-sustaining population. It is with a great sense of accomplishment that we now see this coming to fruition.

This successful breeding is also a testament to all the hard work Peter and his neighbours continue to put into intensive and large-scale fox and cat control.

Below are some photos Peter has taken over the breeding season.

Parents and young curlews. Farnley, Moulamein. Dec 2014.

Parents and young curlews. Farnley, Moulamein. Dec 2014. Photo by Peter Redfearn.

 

Day old bush stone-curlew chick. Farnley, Moulamein. Jan 2015.

Day old chick. Farnley, Moulamein. Jan 2015. Photo by Peter Redfearn.

 

Released curlew parent of day-old chick. The orange colour band is just visible on it's left leg. Jan 2015. Photo by Peter Redfearn.

Released curlew that is the parent of the day-old chick in the photo above. The orange colour band is just visible on its left tarsus. Jan 2015. Photo by Peter Redfearn.

 

Bush stone-curlew chicks just hatched with egg shells at nest. Farnley, Moulamein. Sept 14.

Chicks just hatched with egg shells at nest. Farnley, Moulamein. Sept 2014. Photo by Peter Redfearn.

 

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