First up Success at Trapping Indian Mynas for Mugga Lane Cattle Stud Owners
Des Owens, owner of the Mugga Lowline Stud, Mugga Lane in Canberra, was despairing at seeing his native birds bullied and banished from around his property homestead by Indian Mynas. Looking at the limited options available Des purchased a Mynamagnet Indian Myna trap, and set about deploying it with the notion of removing some of these unwanted invaders from his property. Over a 10 day period with a little help from the Mynamagnet's manufacturers, Des worked out the best position for the trap and proceeded to employ the regime outlined in the instructions. Tempting the birds to the trap was initially difficult because of the abundance of food around the property. (Hand feeding cattle and the presence of a large hen house). Eventually a position in the cattle yards was chosen and a diet of watermelon and Hills Science Diet Kitten food (see photo) was deemed best along with a daily supply of fresh water! Sunday the 22nd of October and the trap was set to "capture" mode at 6.30am. By 12 Midday it was decided that there was not enough food left on the ground to tempt any more birds into the trap, and there probably was not enough room left in the top cage for any more birds.