WELLINGTON Shire’s stunning lakes and wetlands are home to a wonderful array of water birds, but one strange looking visitor to a Guthridge Parade backyard this week still came as a surprise to a bird-loving Sale couple.
The couple found a sorry looking “duck” taking refuge in their garden on Monday, and became concerned when it was still there on Tuesday.
After phoning a wildlife organisation, things were not much clearer as to why the “duck” was not able to fly away, and exactly what type it was.
A wildlife rescuer who scooped up the exhausted bird and took it to a local vet was left a little red-faced when it was pointed out that the unusual “duck” was in fact, a cormorant.
The hungry and dehydrated bird had somehow lost its way, and ended up disoriented in the backyard, apparently too weak to fly out.
It was sent to a registered wildlife carer to recuperate, and will be released in a suitable environment when ready, as is required under the Wildlife Act.
The bird most probably came from the Lake Wellington wetlands, which are within the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site, and are visited by more than 185 bird species, including 87 wader and waterbird species.