Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos

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Subject: Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 17:31:42 +1100 (AUS Eastern Daylight Time)
My father lives at Old Bar and fishes for Ludrick at Manning Point. You see
this behaviour on the other side of the river on the road to Harrington. I
have also seen the same on the Old Bar Rd about 4Km's towards Taree from Old
Bar on Chain Rd. I used to see them on the Salt Water Rd from Old Bar but
this area is now built out. They seem to be happy to feed in the same areas
with little or no interaction between the species.

Terry B

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From: Stephen Ambrose 
Date: 01/09/09 15:53:52 
Subject: Glossy/Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos 
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. 
Stephen Ambrose 
Ryde, NSW 
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