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Water Birds

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A common belief among pond owners is that herons (cranes), kingfishers, and other water birds transport fish or fish eggs from one pond to another. Although this may be possible, it is not likely and has not been proven. While some water birds are the intermediate host of fish parasites and some eat fish, they generally pose no serious threat. Occasionally large flock of fish-eating cormorants may take up long-term residence in a pond. Under these circumstances, significant fish losses can occur; and control measures may be necessary. Practically all water birds are protected by law, so conservation officers should be contacted before control measures may be initiated.

The above information came from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's booklet Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds, which is available as a PDF.

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