Thursday, 24 May 2012

Pink tails

Today we released five Carnaby's cockatoos at Yanchep National Park. This group have had their tails coloured pink together with an individual identifying letter.

They have been fitted with satellite tracking devices. The pic to the left shows the vets anaesthetising one of my study birds so that I can attach the transmitter.

It will be interesting to compare the movements of this group with those released a week earlier at Perry Lakes.

The blue colour used on the cockatoos released at Perry Lakes is already lasting better than the green of the very first release of my study birds so I am hoping to get sightings over a longer period. Incidentally, a green tail was sighted a couple of evenings ago in the flock coming to drink at Perry Lakes before roosting for the night.

This will be the last release for a little while until the next group of birds are ready for release from rehabilitation.