Black Cockatoo Conservation Project Update


This month we provide information about the November fieldwork at the Coomallo Creek breeding site (tracking wild adults and fledglings). We also provide information about one of our rehabilitated red-tails, RT 96, who has bonded with a wild female; as well as information about other rehabilitated birds which have accompanied flocks moving to known breeding grounds.

Below is a summary of the innovative double-tag system which we are using to follow the released birds, followed by a summary of our focal birds’ movements for Oct-November 2017. TRANSMITTERS attached to birds:
(1) Satellite transmitters – provide landscape-scale data on movement and location of the birds with accuracy to within 250m. These tags can remain operational for approximately a year, before being shed during the annual moult of the tail feathers to which the tags are attached.
(2) GPS transmitters – provide fine-scale data, including highly-accurate GPS locations, fine-scale movement and behavioural data. This research is the first trial of these GPS tags on free-ranging black
cockatoos.

The latest BCCP report is available to be read, courtesy of the report authors.

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