The breaching of the Klein River lagoon last weekend apparently caused the death of a number of Red-knobbed Coots.
At least eight dead coots and a cormorant were spotted on Grotto beach this week after the lagoon had breached last Friday late afternoon. They seem to have been washed out onto the beach with reeds and other debris from the lagoon.
Club expert Mike Ford said a large number of coots were swept out to sea by the force of the water when the lagoon breached on a previous occasion. Some were rescued but about a hundred drowned then.