Help our Red-tails

Fence off existing stands of Stringybark and Buloke and scattered paddock trees on your property, to protect from stock damage and to allow for natural regeneration.

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Incentives for nests

Incentive payments are again being offered to landholders and members of the public for the discovery of new nests sites as part of the Red-tail Nest Incentive Scheme.

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Join the count

Although we can’t guarantee you’ll see a Red-tail on the day, we’re sure you’ll enjoy a fun day out in the bush searching for our colourful cockatoos.

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New footage of female feeding chick

Bob McPherson
The Recovery Team has received amazing new video footage of a female South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feeding its chick at a nest site in Drajurk State Forest (near Casterton), thanks to avid wildlife photographer Bob McPherson.  

Bob, who observed the nest over a 44 day period, has captured some amazing footage and many beautiful images of the Red-tail pair and their chick during this time.

Red-tails only lay one egg, usually between September and December, which is incubated by the female for around 30 days. The chick remains in the nest for a further 70-100 days after hatching, and may continue to be fed by both parents for up to six months after leaving the nest.

It is important to note that Red-tails are easily disturbed, particularly during nesting, and the impacts of this disturbance can be very serious with the worst outcome being the loss of a nestling.

Careful, quiet monitoring of nests from a safe distance (>100m from nest) using a hide is recommended to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

The Recovery Team has developed a set of guidelines around the observation and photography of Red-tails. You can view this document by clicking here.

To view video 1

To view video 2


Many thanks again to Bob for sharing with us this fantastic footage.

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