As a slight aside to this, last spring I was showing some visiting American
birders around the mallee. We had lunch at Lake Hattah and afterwards headed
off back south to Wyperfeld. Along the way one of the Americans asked me how
common Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are here? as looking at the field guide he
was surprised that he had seen one. He claimed that he had good views of one in
the Red Gums there while we were "off with the birds" in another direction. I
can understand that he didn't mention it at the time. They were new to the
country, seeing lots of new birds all the time ( especially cockatoos and
parrots at Lake Hattah! ), this was just another one. I quizzed him quite
extensively and its hard to think of anything else it could have been.
Needless to say I was a bit miffed at missing out.
It would seem likely that if this was one, this individual could have hailed
from the Darling River population, and follows a sighting of one in Mildura
some time back.
I guess we will never know.
I cant add anything to the Beenak reports, other than to say that its a long
way from East Gippsland if they are Glossys, possibly more likely an escaped
pair of Red-tails that have nested ??
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