Pilbara Port Authority has incorporated nesting platforms for birds of prey into new navigational aids.

Ospreys are known to nest on artificial structures and have previously used the port’s channel markers as places upon which to build nests.

The nesting platforms are designed to allow ospreys to build their nests above the navigational equipment away from human interactions and disturbance.

The platforms also create a safer working environment for people who maintain the navigational aids by providing separation between the birds and the navigation equipment.

Ospreys can be defensive of the nests, particularly when eggs and chicks are present. They generally mate for life and return to the same nest over a number of years.

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Derek Walker, environment and heritage manager at Pilbara Ports Authority, said ospreys were an important part of the Port Hedland natural habitat.

“Ospreys are a native bird that are common in Northern Australia and it’s important that we share the port with them so they can continue to thrive,” Mr Walker said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the ospreys build their nests on the new platforms and hopefully we’ll see some eggs and chicks during this breeding season,” he said.

The Channel Marker Replacement Program replaced three land-based and 35 offshore structures to provide a safe, reliable navigation system for entering and departing Port Hedland waters for the next 25 years.

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