Carnaby's Cockatoo

To: Wendy <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Carnaby's Cockatoo
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:31:32 +0930
Was this made by Leighton deBaros?

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow B.A. Grad.Dip.Arts
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on 6/3/12 9:27 PM, Wendy at  wrote:

> Documentary ABC1 TV next Tuesday (Mar13 2012) night at 8.30pm
> 00.htm?program=On%20A%20Wing%20And%20A%20Prayer
> "On A Wing And A Prayer
> On A Wing And A Prayer follows the incredible life cycle of the Carnaby's
> cockatoo through the engaging story of one small cockatoo family. Capturing a
> remarkable never filmed before journey of life and love for one of Australia's
> most loved, but critically endangered birds.
> Playful, mischievous and highly intelligent, Carnaby's cockatoos are typical
> Aussies, larger than life, rowdy, fun-loving and loud, their booming calls
> heard long before you even catch sight of them.
> A strong part of Australian folklore, these cockatoos used to be called 'rain
> birds' by the early settlers. As they migrated back to their breeding grounds,
> their screeches and squawks were a sign of good luck. Sadly, the booming call
> of the Carnaby's cockatoo is more akin to a cry for help.
> Only found in the south-west of Western Australia a tiny pocket of birds
> remains and these are permanently under threat. Some are still being smuggled
> for private collections. Others are illegally shot. Together with land
> clearing, loss of native food habitat and injury from man-made structures, the
> Carnaby's cockatoo is plummeting towards extinction.
> Species recovery is an uphill struggle. While it is thought they pair for
> life, the birds are lucky if they raise one chick a season. The odds are
> against them and hope for their future lies in the hands of the local
> community, and one man in particular, DEC Senior Wildlife Investigator Rich
> Dawson.
> This year Rick is determined to protect one small family of Carnaby's
> cockatoos at a 'high risk' nesting site. With their species numbers halved
> over the last forty years, it is vital for the survival of their kind that
> they breed and Rick will do whatever it takes to make it happen."
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