Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in Beenak forest

To: "simon starr" <>, "BA email" <>
Subject: Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in Beenak forest
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:34:04 +1000
Tom Fletcher sent me an email about a similar situation (see message below).

Interestingly Tom also notes that RTBC turn up in Lorne from time to time, 
suggesting a possible isolated Otway population. Tom asks for any further 
information. (I can find no records.) Tom's email is 




Hi Tim,

You may like to pass this on through Birding Aus. When I lived at Wandin North, 
3137, (for 23 years) during the 1980/90's people regularly reported to me a 
small flock of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos. My son positively sighted this flock 
passing around Little Stringy Bark Creek in the 90's. In those days I 
unfortunately did not submit records as we do now.

We lived on 10 acres and each morning at dawn, approx. 100 Yellow-tailed B.C's 
would assemble at dawn on our fruit etc. trees adjoining our house. Many would 
feed on our back lawn. After working out their agenda for the day they would 
then head off in all directions in flocks of about 6 to 10. Although I 
personally did not record the Red-tails I am thoroughly convinced a small flock 
existed in the Yarra Valley/Dandenong's.

A few records of Red-tails comes in from time to time from Lorne in the Otways. 
If anyone can add to these records I would be most appreciative for the info.



-----Original Message-----
From:  on behalf of simon starr
Sent: Thu 4/15/2010 9:02 AM
To: BA email
Subject: Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in Beenak forest

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 ??


Simon Starr

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