Red-tailed Black Cockatoos back at Murphys Creek

Since 1991, these magnificent birds have been annual visitors to Toowoomba and surrounds in fluctuating numbers and for varying lengths of time. The availability of fruiting White Cedar (Melia azerderach) dictate their local movements but how and to what extent is unclear.

Let's collectively get a better idea on their annual numbers, daily patterns of movement and local distribution. How far east do they venture each year? Do they ever reach Ipswich and Brisbane? Provide the date and time, number of birds, exact location, and what they were doing e.g. feeding in white cedar, roosting, flying east.

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Red-tailed Black Cockatoos back at Murphys Creek

Post by Mick Atzeni » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:08 pm

Saw 13 RTBCs today around 9:50am in Murphys Creek township - 11 feeding in a White Cedar opposite the railway station and two in a dead gum in Woden St behind the tavern.

One of my favourites; great to have them back. :D

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Not so common Upper Lockyer Red-tails

Post by Mick Atzeni » Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:46 am

In stark contrast to all the sightings in Highfields and Toowoomba, the Red-tails sightings have been sparse down around home with only a couple of sightings to report since the ones at Murphys Creek on 6/1 above.

On 21/2, I had 3 birds over home mid-morning then, on 17/3 had 7 flying east along creek at 9am.

Apart from the two flocks which flew over Redwood Park 3/3 during FEP's open day, these are the only RTBC sightings I've had this year. I'm clearly sufferin' down here, so you guys on the hill better not be taking them for granted!

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Mick

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