Ergon staff helping wildlife
THE sign at Yeppoon’s Ross Creek says “Osprey chicks learning to fly”.
However, local wildlife carer Joy Davidson-Lee has not seen an osprey near the water for more than a year.
She and the Wildlife Carers Network were concerned with the welfare of the nesting habitat of the species beside the creek, with fears debris such as fishing line and other materials might have accidentally been collected by the birds and it now restricted their breeding activities.
A purpose-built nesting platform was built for the birds in the mid-1990s by the Yeppoon CAPELEC (a predecessor of Ergon Energy) and National Parks and Wildlife staff to prevent the birds from coming to harm and disrupting electricity supply.
Last week an Ergon Energy crew managed to get to the osprey nest and clear it of unwanted material.
Ms Davidson-Lee said they hoped there would be food scraps left in the nest so the group could show it to scientists to assess and determine why the birds had not returned to the area.
Ergon Energy area operations manager Max Hogan said live line staff and a specialist elevating platform vehicle was used so the surrounding community wasn’t inconvenienced with unnecessary power interruptions.
While the weather was “a bit unco-operative”, Ergon staff found a window of opportunity between showers and removed some debris which wildlife carers believed to be disrupting the osprey nesting site.
They are now hopeful the birds will return in the breeding season.