birding-aus Red-tailed Black Cockatoos over the office!

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Subject: birding-aus Red-tailed Black Cockatoos over the office!
From: "Atzeni, Michael" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 15:12:39 +1000

This morning (9:45 am), I heard some Red-tails approaching, and at the same
time the phone rang.  It was a colleague from another building on the DPI
complex (suburban North Toowoomba) letting me know they were heading my way.
Looked out my office window and 5 birds then flew over in a southwesterly
direction.  What a hotline!

Thanks to those who replied about the RTBC influx recently.  I'm still
confused about the extent of it, reports to date being from isolated areas
such as Toowoomba, northern parts of the Sunshine Coast, the Conondale
Ranges and Childers.  There's still a lot of country unaccounted for in
between these regions, and further south.

Have there been ANY records from northeastern NSW in recent years?

No doubt, White Cedar (Melia azedarach) is the biggest clue.  It seems to me
that if you have White Cedars, then you should have RTBCs.  One Mt Kynoch
resident on the northern outskirts of Toowoomba has a couple of trees in her
yard and has had up to 45 RTBCs visit them every year for the past 7 years.

I've no idea of the abundance and distribution of White Cedar in eastern
Australia, but perhaps the more appropriate question now is - who has White
Cedars in their patch, but has never had Red-tails feeding in them, and over
what period of time?  

Michael Atzeni
 Department of Primary Industries
 PO Box 102 (203 Tor St)
 Toowoomba QLD 4350

 Phone +61 7 4688 1318      Fax    +61 7 4688 1192

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