Red Tailed Black Cockatoos in Maylands

This is an image only a twitcher could love.

Distant and blurred due to urgency and early morning condensation on the lens, it shows a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

One of a small flock of six I spotted earlier this morning in Maylands, near the Guildford Rd-Peninusla Dr intersection.

Coupled with the sighting (and hearing) of a single specimen a couple of days ago this seems to show that there is a resident group of this now endangered species here in a central Perth suburb.

Are there any other Bird-Watchers in the area who can add to these sightings?

One response to “Red Tailed Black Cockatoos in Maylands

  1. Archie – you should not be seeing Red Tails in Maylands, as I should not be seeing them in Vic Park. They belong in the forests of the hills and the south west – but due to logging and mining, they are starving.

    Fortunately, the Cape Lilac trees in your photos are still heavy with berries. The ones around here have been stripped bare of seed and this week, I took pics of Red Tails within hands reach that were scavenging the last remaining berries. They should never come that low to the ground, but they are foraging for anything they can find.

    @janecat60 – you will never see any nests in the city. They need gum trees that are 200 ys+ to be big enough for nesting. Logging and mining are destroying their nesting sites.

    Their primary food is Marri – the big traditional gumnuts or honkey nuts we know so well.

    On Sept 15, there will be an educational / protest rally at Helms Block in Nannup, to raise awareness of the need to protect and preserve their habitat for feeding and nesting – along with many other unique wildlife that occupy the same space.

    Details on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/113652805449711/

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