A Colac resident who has woken at dawn to sound of gunshots over the past month is calling on the State Government to permanently ban duck hunting at Lake Colac.
Adam Fry, a passionate birdwatcher who lives close to the lake, said he couldn’t understand why duck hunting was permitted at Colac’s lake while bans were in place at Lake Corangamite and other neighbouring lakes.
He said Lake Colac was home to the freckled duck, which was among the world’s rarest waterbirds, and the only way to protect this protected species was to introduce a permanent hunting ban at the lake.
Mr Fry said there were less than 1700 freckled ducks left in the wild with numbers expected to continue dropping, but birdwatchers had identified 120 of the rare ducks at Lake Colac.
He said people had informed the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Game Management Authority about the presence of a significant number of freckled ducks at the lake but “there has been no end to the shooting”.
“Sometimes duck season’s cancelled at Lake Colac but I want to see it permanently shut down at Lake Colac,” Mr Fry said.
“It’s also hard to tell the difference between a black duck, a grey teal and a freckled duck when they’re in flight,” Mr Fry said, explaining it would be easy for hunters to mistake a freckled duck for a more common duck.
He said he had taken photographs of flocks of ducks which looked like one species but there were actually two or more species flying together.
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