Manukau Courier : February 3rd 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 NEWS Discover the world while you work Get the skills and experience you need for a job in the Travel and Tourism industry by studying at MIT. Apply now for February 2011. 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz/tourism 7664 MIT000133 C Best of Fresh for Less Manukau City Cnr Cavendish Dr & Great Sth Rd Ph: 262 3252 Otahuhu 26 Saleyards Rd Ph: 276 2119 MC3/2 Normal trading hours Manukau: Mon-Sun 7.30am -- 6.30pm Otahuhu: Mon-Sun 7.00am -- 6.30pm All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin New Season Buttercup 99¢kg Red Capsicums $1.99bag Long Egg Plant $3.99kg Black Doris Plums $2.99bag Yummy Hunny Nectarines $3.99kg Portabella Mushrooms $8.99kg tray Hass Avocados $1.99of 3 Coconut Ice Peaches $2.39bag 800g 800g Hot weather taking its toll on birds Down but not out: This swan has botulism but is now recovering at the SPCA's Birdwing. By MELISSA KINEALY A toxin that breeds in water is para- lysing and killing birds across Auck- land. Ducks and swans have been hit hard by the botulism toxin, SPCA chief inspector Vicki Border says. Botulism is a bacteria that grows in water and Ms Border is putting the outbreak down to the hot and humid temperatures. I haven't seen it this bad over the years and I'm pretty positive it's to do with the weather. With the hot weather, toxins in the water are thriving.'' Water birds are being struck down. The SPCA has also had a few sick pukeko brought in but not as many as the ducks it's been dealing with, she says. It's all systems go in the SPCA's Birdwing where the affected animals are kept in a warm, dark place and being given electrolytes and antibiotics. Ms Border says members of the public should be on the lookout for birds that are struggling to move, particularly around waterways and ponds. The toxin paralyses them so they have difficulty in using their wings, feet and neck. It's quite nasty, it's not nice.'' People will know if a bird is affec- ted, she says. They will struggle when approached but will be unable to move. It's quite distressing watching them. Ducks are really getting knocked around.'' The SPCA wants the public to call and let it know if they see any birds that are struggling. Phone 256-7300 to report sightings of sick birds. A real coo for Malay spotted dove lovers By DELWYN DICKEY Dove tale: Malay spotted doves have increased dramatically in the past few years. It could be a scene out of the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. Large numbers of doves have started filling trees around Auck- land's gardens and parks in the past couple of years. Their behaviour could hardly be called hostile but numbers of the elegant-looking Malay spotted dove are definitely increasing, Mel Galbraith of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand says. The population has jumped sig- nificantly in the past five years or so, he says They can be quite tame and are rather endearing strutting about.'' The doves' cooing is sometimes mistaken for the nocturnal morepork call. But people needn't be worried about them taking over our native bush, Mr Galbraith says. They don't fit the definition of an invasive species and occupy parks and gardens where you wouldn't normally find many natives.'' The Conservation Department says it has no concerns about the sudden increase. The birds are seed feeders. Ber- ries rather than seeds are generally found in native bush,'' spokes- woman Amy Cameron says. A large number of the Asian doves, which are naturally found from India to Timor, were released at Mt Eden in the 1920s and have been found around Auckland parks and gardens ever since. They are also found in the Bay of Plenty.
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