Lost and Found

 In the immortal words of the Beatles:

“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends. Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends. Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends”

 

You may have read our article about looking for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo fledglings in Dookanooka Reserve but what we didn’t tell you was that during that trip we lost BirdLife WA’s ‘cocky camera’.

Attached to the end of a telescopic pole, the cocky camera allows people to look into tree hollows and see (in real time) if anything is inside. Sadly, during our trip the camera came loose from the pole and fell into a tree hollow about six metres above the ground! With the light fading and no friendly giants in sight, we said our goodbyes to the camera.

lost-and-found-But after a very embarrassing call to BirdLife WA, and a quick look on EBay to replace the camera, the true spirit of our community came to the rescue … and ensured this story has a happy ending. Two avid twitchers from Green Head (John and Bev Koch) heard about the lost camera and, having had a similar problem themselves previously, offered to help.

So with the aid of their seven metre ladder, safety rope, and some very long arms, the camera was retrieved. Albeit a bit worse for wear, with bird scat and chew marks.

But the story doesn’t end there. NACC was subsequently invited to join the Koch’s on a field trip to a patch of bush near Mt Lesueur to search for other known nesting hollows containing Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo fledglings.

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After a short trip over some pretty bumpy roads, the survey party reached the nesting site and lo-and-beyond saw new eggs! Well, egg shells to be precise – which indicated that there had been fledglings, which had since flown the coop.  Due to the early rain this year, the fledglings had already left, but it was very encouraging to see multiple nesting hollows being used.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Next year NACC will be joining members from BirdLife WA and Birdlife Midwest-Geraldton and other volunteers to search for more Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo fledglings in our region.

If you would like to be a part of the search, please contact NACC’s Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore on jessica.stingemore@nacc.com.au or 9938 0106.

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