It was only as it flew away with the stick hanging from its legs that I saw the fishing line tangled around the legs of this white-faced heron.
White-faced herons are the most common herons in Australia. They can be found anywhere where there is water, from tidal mudflats and coastal reefs to moist grasslands and gardens throughout Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
Over recent years there has been a noticeable improvement in the water quality in Sydney’s waterways, however there is still work to be done. The stormwater runoff from parts of the inner-west ends up in the local bay so it’s not only the rubbish left by fishermen that the wildlife have to deal with, it’s also the litter left behind on suburban streets.
Clean Up Australia Day takes place every year on the first Sunday in March so why not take some time in the next couple of weeks to reduce the litter that will be swept into the bay by the next summer storm.