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The Acumen
23-01-2010, 01:50 PM
Hi,

Theres a Little Pied Cormorant Constantly diving into our fish pond and out. We've got baby Koi's that have just hatched and thats why he or she is here.

It wont go away. We've tried chasing it, throwing stuff at it. Keeps coming back.

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77138//Little_Pied_Cormorant_-_melbourne_zoo.jpg

Maxo
23-01-2010, 01:52 PM
Fence over the top of the pond?

Kristy
23-01-2010, 01:52 PM
shadecloth? or if that's a problem due to lack of sunlight, wire netting?

and I could quote the famous Ferris quote... but I won't...

=Stevo=
23-01-2010, 01:54 PM
buy netting, the same stuff they use for fruit trees and vineyards...

check your local net supplier, nursery or ebay




or get a decent gun / crossbow / slingshot...

T-Rex
23-01-2010, 01:55 PM
Nice photo!
go get some chicken wire, make a frame for it to go over the pond, paint it black

Sumfun4me
23-01-2010, 02:05 PM
As mentioned, netting of some type is the go. You need to be careful though - if you use a material-type of net you run the risk of the bird getting caught up & possibly drowning. Budgie wire mounted about 6 inches below the surface always works - this gives the fish the option to raise to the top of the water & dive below the wire in case of any danger & there's no real chance of the bird getting caught in it (dont use chicken wire though, as the bird may end up getting it's head caught under water & drowning).
I agree with the comment on the photo - it's very good. Did you take it?

The Acumen
23-01-2010, 02:07 PM
As mentioned, netting of some type is the go. You need to be careful though - if you use a material-type of net you run the risk of the bird getting caught up & possibly drowning. Budgie wire mounted about 6 inches below the surface always works - this gives the fish the option to raise to the top of the water & dive below the wire in case of any danger & there's no real chance of the bird getting caught in it (dont use chicken wire though, as the bird may end up getting it's head caught under water & drowning).
I agree with the comment on the photo - it's very good. Did you take it?

Yeah, i'll chat to the dad and see what we can with a net.

No, i found it on google image. I took a few crappy pics of it though.

Joe Shabadoo
23-01-2010, 02:10 PM
get a cat

or shoot it

Sunshine & F'n Rainbows
23-01-2010, 02:26 PM
One of these will do it

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77140/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/peregrine-falcon.jpg

Ryven
23-01-2010, 02:39 PM
As have been said, if you really want to keep predators out, you need netting possibly with a heavy lattice to stop cats.

Otherwise, bird looks tasty... How endangered are they? :ninja:

Joe Shabadoo
23-01-2010, 02:43 PM
probable more endangered than they'd be if they'd stop fuckin with people's fish

dirt_infected
23-01-2010, 02:54 PM
Not endangered- had to count them on the river for a uni assignment- heaps of the little fuckers.

Standard pied cormorants are always eating our marron- I say dispose of the little thief.

Rat750
23-01-2010, 02:58 PM
One of these will do it

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77140/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/peregrine-falcon.jpg

Maybe some statues of these might keep it at bay?

The Acumen
23-01-2010, 03:08 PM
Maybe some statues of these might keep it at bay?

Yeah i was thinking about a Statue as well. I know you can get owl statues. They might work.

It swims really well too. Dives in and comes out some places else.

I got my cat to sit next to the pond and it flew away. Came back after the cat wondered off though.

Maxo
23-01-2010, 03:23 PM
Yeah i was thinking about a Statue as well. I know you can get owl statues. They might work.

It swims really well too. Dives in and comes out some places else.

I got my cat to sit next to the pond and it flew away. Came back after the cat wondered off though.

yeah, fuck the fence idea... an owl statue will do it.


:mellow:

Mex
23-01-2010, 03:32 PM
Dives in and comes out some places else

how big is your pond? :huh:

Maxo
23-01-2010, 03:34 PM
http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77147/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/dirtypool4.jpg

Ferris
23-01-2010, 03:55 PM
I had a pool like that once. I bred Koi and Yabbies in it.

The Acumen
23-01-2010, 04:27 PM
how big is your pond? :huh:

Other side was exadurated. But my pond is pretty big.

I think an owl should be good.
http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77151/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/plastic-owl-decoy-bird.jpg
thats scary lol

We've got roughly 20 little kois swimming around the place. Some of them are about two weeks old and are huge. They grow so fast.

Ryven
23-01-2010, 04:46 PM
In relation to a statue of a predator. It does tend to work short term as long as the other bird associates it as a predator. However, if you don't move it around regularly give the nearby birds a week and they'll be standing on its head/shitting on it.

Pied Cormorants giving you trouble? Start up a Wedge Tailed Eagle colony in your backyard. They're an endangered species, so helping to breed them is doing your part to preserve one of nature's badasses.

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77153/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/wedge_tailed_eagle_punk.jpg

As for your fish, I can only imagine the eagles will have eaten them within a few days...

mexican1
23-01-2010, 04:58 PM
20, or 12 gauge should fix the problem.

Mex
23-01-2010, 05:08 PM
http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77155/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/OwlDecoy09.jpg

SubRosa-RosaMundi: Giving An Owl Decoy Glowing Eyes (http://subrosa-rosamundi.blogspot.com/2009/09/giving-owl-decoy-glowing-eyes.html)

karen
23-01-2010, 05:13 PM
The Fish for eating thread has a link in it that might be useful for your problem -
Backyard Aquaponics • Index page (http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/index.php)
I'm sure those guys have had the problem once or twice.
You might find some other good info in there too. ;)

Sprint
23-01-2010, 05:13 PM
UFC Owl will fix the bird.
http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77157/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/owl-threat-display-cp-to-mothman-sketch.jpg


S.

Rat750
23-01-2010, 05:38 PM
That is a fucking awesome looking bird.

likefry
23-01-2010, 05:58 PM
Go buy a fake snake and put it on top of the pond somehow

crozzer
23-01-2010, 08:20 PM
I imagine this would fix it up...

http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/77187/AWTK-How-to-get-ride-of-a-Little-Pied-Cormorant/ZSU-231.jpg

millsy
23-01-2010, 08:53 PM
It sounds like a rather large pond, an old trick to catch ducks was to have a hook imbedded in some bread tied to a brick floating on top of and connected to a float, the duck would eat the bread upset the brick which would pull the duck underwater until it drowned. Later you just pulled the brick up via the float and ate duck for dinner.

Maybe you could adapt this to solve your problem with a lure of some kind? If you don't have a problem with that sort of thing.

The Acumen
24-01-2010, 10:01 AM
Too late, i wake up this morning and the little fucker jumps flies out the water. Theres only one or two baby kois left.

If he comes here again i'm going to catch him and put him in a cage. Just to make me feel better.

The Acumen
24-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Someone say something to make me feel better

karen
24-01-2010, 12:20 PM
Sorry about your babies. :(
I thought there wasn't really how many you thought, coz if the cormorant had been in there, surely it would have scoffed some of them already.

Now, go get some netting or even just chook wire to lay across the top to keep the sucker out.
Or, if you're hurting from your loss, I'd try millsy's brick trick, although I don't think bread will tempt the little bugger.

Maxo
24-01-2010, 12:30 PM
Someone say something to make me feel better

Why didn't you cover the pond?

T-Rex
24-01-2010, 01:16 PM
Someone say something to make me feel better

You have an awesome looking local bird, more interesting than fish at least

Desmo
24-01-2010, 01:19 PM
Get a couple of reels worth of 20kg fishing line and uncoil it around your pond.
Should fix it.
Ps. I'm with Max, but obviously the simplest solution is too obvious.

chee
24-01-2010, 02:10 PM
we have a koi pond as well, and have done as desmo suggested.

ran some lines over the top of the pond. birds be gone.

The Acumen
24-01-2010, 05:23 PM
We'll do it next year. Too late now. It only came yesterday and i didn't get time to do it. We dealt with it yesterday and didn't come back (by chucking rocks at it). But it forgot the lesson today. Hasn't come back yet. What we did though was put plastic cubes and big shells in there. I just saw a few of them coming out of them. That trick saved the smart ones. Hmm, looks like the Darwinian theory is happening right in my pond. A few more years and i could have the smartest koi fish around:P

Nod
24-01-2010, 08:04 PM
I use an electric fence on my avairies to keep the Hawks and cats off, one shock and they will never return and you haven't permanently harmed them either.
Actually if the bird was wet and copped a shock it might permanently harm it a bit:( ... it fairly makes me piss when I accidentally touch it.

SpeedTrip
24-01-2010, 08:13 PM
Air Rifle and some of these. SBD
http://di1.shopping.com/images1/pi/b3/88/ba/83500863-250x250-0-0_Air+Arms+22+Air+Arms+Field+Diablo+Air+Rifle+Hunt in.jpg?p=Q2dQJNOrQd&a=2&c=44&l=57201&t=01%2F24%2F10%2007%3A13%3A06%20AM&r=1&d=

Jomac
24-01-2010, 08:56 PM
I suggest you celebrate the riddance of pesky Koi and start an environmentally friendly tadpole pond.

The Acumen
24-01-2010, 10:35 PM
I suggest you celebrate the riddance of pesky Koi and start an environmentally friendly tadpole pond.

Yeah we've actually got one of those next to it. The frogs are on all night. Everyone that comes to our house thinks they're motorbikes on our street cause how they sound.

Desmo
24-01-2010, 10:37 PM
They are actually called motorbike frogs. (http://www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/Documents/PDF/Motorbike%20Frog%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf)

MattyA
24-01-2010, 10:44 PM
you can buy ging's at a shop in cannington.

Jomac
25-01-2010, 08:16 AM
Yeah we've actually got one of those next to it. The frogs are on all night. Everyone that comes to our house thinks they're motorbikes on our street cause how they sound.

That sounds wonderful and now there's twice the room for frogs.

The Acumen
01-02-2010, 12:01 PM
you can buy ging's at a shop in cannington.

Yeah, we put a good net over the pond. The little kios are safe now:)

About ten of them survived. They spend most their time in eating and hiding in the tubes

Dyno
01-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Plastic snake?
Used them before for goldfish ponds. Works a treat on kingfishers.