Duck Caught in Reed Bed Net and Swan Feeding

Many residents have shown concern over this duck and raised with council. Somehow the duck has found a hole or possibly swam under to get inside the net to secure a prime position in the large FRB before anyone else.



This “queue jumper” has made herself at home very quickly and laid several eggs. Under the current circumstances the duck cannot be removed. If you feel the duck is distressed could you please contact Rowley Goonan.



Please see Rowleys’ comments and information on Swan Feeding below;

I’m a volunteer wildlife catcher specializing in big birds like swans,  pelicans, ibis, ducks
and cormorants. I do most of the big bird captures on the Gold Coast. I’ve  been attending to rescues on Lake Hugh Muntz for the past 7 years. If anyone sees an  injured bird, especially if it is hooked or fishing line entangled, they can call me on 0438-823100,  anytime.
Swan Feeding

Enjoying the swans on our lakes and waterways is one of the great pleasures of living on the Gold Coast. To have a family of swans arrive with new cygnets is a real treat. Many people feed swans although it isn’t necessary because they have plenty of natural food.

I’m often asked ‘what’s the best food for swans?’ It definitely isn’t bread. Bread is not good for any species of bird. Their digestive systems are not designed to metabolise grains (flour), preservatives, yeast or sugar.

Bread to a swan is like lollies to a kid. They’ll gollop it down. But bread displaces the natural food they should be eating. If they eat too much bread, for too long, they become weak and breed unhealthy young. Bread is very rich in protein compared to a swan’s natural diet of water weeds. If young cygnets (baby swans) eat a lot of bread they can have a growth spurt causing their body to develop too quickly for their legs. They become plump to a point where they can’t stand or walk.

You’ll notice that in the wild swans dip their head underwater and forage on the bottom amongst the roots of the water weeds. These ‘green foods’ are their natural diet. They supplement this with a few bugs and insects.

I know that bread is very convenient and clearly swans love it, but if you’d like to give them a more nutritious diet feed them greens. They like silver beet (not spinach) and lettuce – the darker the better. The darker varieties of lettuce have far more nutrients and minerals than head lettuce. Shred silver beet and lettuce leaves into thin slices and scatter them on the water or on the shore. If the swans venture onto your lawn you can fill a low laundry bowl with clean water and drop in handfuls of chopped or shredded greens. Add broccoli, grated carrot, peas and fresh corn off the cob (no onions or garlic). This nutritious ‘swan soup’ is much closer to their natural diet.

Making the effort to feed swans a good quality diet will help ensure they grow into beautiful, healthy birds.