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PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
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'Look to the Skies' results

Jun 24, 2020

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RTBC pair April 2020 by Michael Waters-WebNews-360x232RTBC pair by Michael Waters

Results of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo annual count are in and Wimmera people counted the highest number of 598 birds. 

This year the community 'looked to the skies' as an alternative to the annual cocky count which has been going since 1996 and usually involves volunteers getting together in groups to count cockies. This year participants searched their own properties and backyards for the endangered SE Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and despite cold and windy weather BirdLife Australia and the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Recovery Team had a good number of sightings.

A large number of birds were found in Ullswater near Edenhope, with landholders Ros and Andrew Bradey counting 450 birds on their property and in the surrounding stringybark reserves!

The total number of cockies seen on the day was 748 birds from 18 reports. This was a fantastic effort considering most of the birds counted were on private land.

Taking into account sighting reports received in the week before and after the event, as well as several large flocks which were known but weren't counted on the day, the number of birds counted came to 1144.

Red-tails were also found in other areas in Victoria including Benayeo and Meereek. In SA birds were found around Naracoorte, Wild Dog Valley, The Gap, Lucindale and Kalangadoo. Other areas where birds had been seen before and after the event included Strathdownie and Clear Lake.

The majority of birds appeared to be in the northern part of the Red-tail range, especially in the Wimmera. It is likely the birds are taking advantage of the good seed crop available for them in Desert stringybark which occurs in that part of the range. While we won't be able to compare the results of this event to previous Annual Counts, the data collected is still important in finding the location of large flocks and determining patterns of habitat use.

This is just one of the highlights of the SERTBC Recovery Program which is managed by Birdlife Australia and is supported by the South East Natural Resources Management Board and Wimmera and Glenelg Hopkins CMAs through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.