Happy 1st Birthday to Makuru!

As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun”, and we can’t believe that our first black cockatoo hatchling at NAR is now one year old today and how the last 12 months has flown by so quickly. With the naming competition we had, “Makuru” has become his/her name. His/her because Makuru still has juvenile feathers which is the same as a female but we’ll have to wait another year or two to see if the feathers change with each feather moult to see if Makuru is a male with the black feathers and the red band on the tail or keeps the feather pattern and colouring if Makuru is a female. The name Makuru is a Noongar word and a name for one of their seasons which includes June and July, hence the name and being born in July, and is also known  as the fertility season when a lot of animals pair up to breed for the oncoming breeding season. Makuru is doing extremely well and even though not being fed by mum anymore which they can do for up to 6 months after leaving the nest, Makuru and mum aren’t too far away from each other.

Fingers Crossed for One of NAR’s Released Carnaby’s Cockatoos

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Release day, 27th February 2015. Photo by Mike Jones, Native Animal Rescue

Back on the 8th of December 2014, Native Animal Rescue (NAR) received a male Carnaby’s White Tail Black Cockatoo to rehabilitate before releasing him back into the wild. Being found alongside Great Northern Highway not far from Roe Highway as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle, this male was taken to the Perth Zoo where the wonderful veterinary staff treated him for a laceration over his keel, bruising around his pelvic area and also what x-rays showed, a fracture to his pelvis.

Once the veterinary staff at the Perth Zoo was happy with his progress, he came into NAR’s care for rehabilitation. He had been with us for just over 12months which shows how long we can have animals for. Then once we were happy with his weight, flight strength and flight ability, wildlife officers for the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Parks and Wildlife) came, assessed the bird for release and helped catch this bird along with others that were ready for release. Wildlife officers also took DNA and placed a uniquely numbered leg band on each cockatoo for release. The release was at Collier Park Golf Course which is known as a “Super Roost” site where other Carnaby’s are known to roost. On the day there was no disappointment with a large number of wild Carnaby’s in the area calling out making our ready for release birds call back to them and keen to go.

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Re-sighted at a potential nesting hollow on 13th October 2015 with a female. Photo by Kayley Griffiths.

Recently we were contacted by Parks and Wildlife saying that this male was sighted on a property in the Perth hills and with great news had a female companion with him looking for a potential nesting hollow. He has been sighted twice, once back in October 2015 and now again in October of this year. With help from people in the community like Kayley Griffiths, who sighted this bird on her property and kindly supplied photos to Parks and Wildlife, Kayley was able to get some great close-up pictures of the leg band that is placed on all released birds so with resighting’s like this we can know it’s history and for future sightings, know what the bird’s activity and travel distances are.

This resighting is also exciting to know because as we have been informed, there has been only two recorded sightings by the department where a released black cockatoo has been seen with a female looking for a nesting hollow with the possibility of them breeding. NAR’s male is one of these two birds that has been injured, been rehabilitated, released and then paired up with a female in the hope of breeding. So for all of the people involved, these are exciting times for us and with continued monitoring of these birds it will give us a better understanding of their lives and successes they have.

Rehabilitating and then releasing native animals is what we’re here for and what our main goal to achieve is. To release animals back into the wild for a second chance is a great feeling with the hard work and time our volunteers put in and give. To hear news like this makes it even more special and a reward for us in particular our Black Cockatoo Team which is the ultimate outcome.

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Leg bands are put onto rehabilitated and released birds. Photo by Kayley Usher.

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Each bird has a unique number. Photo by Kayley Griffiths.

 

What a fantastic job our Black Cockatoos team do! We are so proud of them.

Growing Up Fast.

Now 7 weeks old this week, our baby red tail chick is going well and growing fast. We have started weighing the chick in the last couple of weeks and as of last week the chick is 461grams. In consecutive weeks the chick has put on around 61grams each time. Considering a chick will weigh around 40grams when hatched, the chick looks healthy, standing up and moving around the hollow and starting to flap its wings. Mum still feeds her baby and doing a wonderful job.  Mike, our Black Cockatoo Team Leader, has seen mum being fed by a male (presuming the father) and by another female which can be a natural display in the wild within a flock community. Only being around one and a half months old now, the chick will spend around another month and a half in the hollow before leaving.

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Father’s Day Raffle

downloadThank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who have sold raffle tickets for our Father’s Day Raffle. The total raised was $2,372.

Congratulations to the winners who are:

1st          Rose Staut           Ticket No. 0481

2nd        Karen Dunn         Ticket No. 0202

3rd         Paul Kilgallon      Ticket No. 0791

4th         Grant Hill             Ticket No. 0001

5th         Allan Haley          Ticket No. 0155

Rakli (water rat) Lecture

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Between December 2014 and March 2015 WWF in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife collected rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster) sightings from the public as part of a widely advertised citizen science project. The rakali, also known as Australian water rat, is one of the few amphibious animals in Australia that have successfully adapted to a semi-aquatic lifestyle, occupying both fresh and marine waters. Rakali are a very elusive species, notoriously difficult to study. The aim of the Rakali Community Survey was to educate the community about this native rodent, whilst obtaining distribution data and identifying potential threats. Dr Sabrina Trocini, the Rakali Community Survey project coordinator, will discuss the results obtained during this survey and outline research and management priorities for the species. Citizen science offers an incredible opportunity to collect monitoring data on a large spatial and temporal scale and to detect changes in frequency and distribution of easily observable threats to wildlife species.

Who:     Sabrina Trocini

When:  25 August 2016

Time:    6pm

Where:  170 Camboon Road, Malaga.

Tickets: Public $15            Members $10    Volunteers $5