We've just arrived back from a fabulous holiday break near Manning Point, at
the mouth of the Manning River, Mid-North NSW.
Each day a flock of 6 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew into the immediate
area around our cabin to feed on the seeds of Forest Red Gums (Eucalyptus
tereticornis) and various Banksia species. Interestingly, on the 2nd day of
our stay only, three Glossy Black-Cockatoos flew into the same area to feed
on the seeds of Forest She-oaks (Allocasuarina torulosa) while the
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were still feeding.
This is the first time I've seen these two species feeding in the same area
at the same time. They were quite clearly two separate feeding groups,
feeding on different food items, and there were no obvious interactions
between them, except maybe responding vocally to each others calls. I'm not
so sure how common this association is and I'm interested to know if anyone
has observed these two species feeding together at other locations.
A 10-km stretch of a relatively secluded surf beach was just a 400-metre
walk from our cabin. On Days 5, 6 & 7 of our holiday (6-8 January 2009), the
surf was low and beyond the breakers the water was relatively calm. We
enjoyed watching small numbers of Little Terns dive for fish just beyond the
breaking waves at these times.
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