The public concerns over a pair of black swans with bands on their legs sighted near Lennox Head beach was brought to the attention of WIRES who have confirmed both birds are in good health.
WIRES confirms that the bands were done as part of the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS).
‘WIRES sent one of our volunteer rescuers to check on the welfare of these two beautiful black swans. A photo was taken and the tag numbers reported to the ABBBS.,’ said a WIRES spokesperson.
‘The swans had been observed previously at that location, and the following day they were sighted 40km south at Evans Head.’
According to WIRES black swans are found in wetlands and river estuaries, bays and lakes across much of Australia. They feed on algae and weeds and only occasionally graze on land, since they are clumsy walkers. Swans pair for life and raise one batch of chicks a year.
‘Hopefully this happy pair will go on to raise many more of these spectacular birds,’ said the WIRES spokesperson.
Contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries. The 24-hour hotline is for all calls to WIRES in the northern rivers region 6628 1898.