November 26, 2010

Mudlark update

Our intrepid photographer and mudlark reporter, Jeffrey Diamond, has sent more lovely photos of the resident mudlark family.

Here's his latest report:
The chick and family are doing well. They’ve established a new nest and can be seen happily foraging about and bathing in the pond. The chick is flying ok but’s very slow on take-off  and gaining altitude :)

I’m really concerned at how casual they are though, they’ll leave the chick alone on the ground for quite long periods and the chick is dopey as anything. Despite the signs on all the gates to keep your dog on a leash and that penalties apply, there are dogs off the leash every where! And who is enforcing this rule? Not the Ecocentre folks that’s for sure.  It’d be such a pity if after all this that the chick was just chomped by a dog. The dogs are also getting very close to children.

I really do wish that the people in charge of the gardens would put up stronger warning signs that there are native birds and their chicks on the ground in spring. That it is a SERIOUS offence to allow your pet dog to harass, injure or kill a native animal, and HEAVY penalties apply.

We've turned the images into a movie. It looks better here as the right hand side isn't abbreviated.

November 11, 2010

The last gate

The last gate has been installed - it's a map of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, and looks fabulous.  While photographing the gate this morning, passers-by commented how beautiful the gates are and how lucky we are to have them!

Here's a slideshow on flickr

November 7, 2010

Mudlark report

More news from our mudlark correspondent, Jeffrey Diamond:

The nest is empty and nothing floating beak up in the pond so I assume everything went well with the first flying lesson. Saw the mummy mudlark happily foraging so I think they’ve moved the chick to a better location ok.

Did you know that mudlarks fly north in winter, as far as PNG  and Timor?

There’s huge turf wars going on in the gardens against marauding crows, that do steal eggs and chicks.

November 3, 2010

News from our Mudlark correspondent

Our mudlark correspondent, Jeffrey Diamond, says:
Only one female chick, they usually lay three so two have possibly been lost, mind you, the nest only looks big enough for one.