Baby plover
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Pair of plovers stop building works at Twin Waters

WILDLIFE experts have had to remove a newly hatched plover and an egg from a Twin Waters building site, after a passionate neighbourly exchange.

Owner of the vacant block in Moorings Circuit, Anne Stephenson, was at the site yesterday with officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to ensure the safe removal of the swooping birds.

"We noticed plovers nesting on eggs a week or so ago," Ms Stephenson said.

"We sought advice from the local wildlife group and the Eumundi Animal Rehab Centre, and were advised to gently move the eggs to a safer place.

GOING, GOING, GONE: William Pledger safely removes the “at issue” plover chick and egg from a building site in Twin Waters.
GOING, GOING, GONE: William Pledger safely removes the “at issue” plover chick and egg from a building site in Twin Waters. Warren Lynam

"We came down late yesterday (Tuesday) to move the eggs and noticed that one had hatched and thought we'd wait until this morning and check the situation.

"We then got a call from the builder early (Wednesday morning) to say that a neighbour ... had been there making threats and was really very aggressive about telling the builder he wasn't meant to go within six metres of the nest.

"So then I rang the department (Environment and Heritage Protection) to check on the status, whether they were a protected species.

"I was told they are and that only a person with a permit could make any attempt to remove them, so we have arranged for that."

It was a frustrating morning for the owners, as expensive machinery, costing hundreds of dollars an hour, lay idle as the wildlife expert made his way to the site.

William Pledger arrived and safely relocated the baby plover and remaining egg, and said the right outcome had been reached, despite the delay to building work.

"It's not just a matter of 'Oh there's a bird, it annoys me, we've got to get rid of it'," Mr Pledger said.

The baby plover and the other yet-to-hatch egg were relocated to a care residence in Palmwoods, while the mother and father were expected to take flight and relocate to another area.

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