Friday, 18 May 2012

Satellite tracking trial

We released six Carnaby's cockatoos at Perry Lakes today fitted with tracking devices. It is the first time satellite tracking devices have been used on black cockatoos.

Battery life is short but for a fortnight after release I will receive regular location readings, and then once every five days I will receive an update of where the birds have gone until battery life is exhausted in about 2-3 months.

These cockatoos have also had part of their white tail feather panels coloured blue and an individual identifying letter stencilled on each tail feather.


Reports of sightings of the tail marked cockatoos will compliment the data received via the tracking devices so please look out for them and let me know when you see them.

ABC News ran a story on the release. It can be viewed here.