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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Winners Announced: Red-tail Art & Story Competition

Winners of the Red-tail Art & Story Competition have now been announced online.

Thanks to all the wonderful entries in our Red-tail Art & Story Competition that we held over February and March this year. The competition closed on Friday 5 April, with winning and runner-up entries selected from four age group categories.
We had an overwhelming response of entries in the 7-12 years age group category, but unfortunately no entries in the under 6 years group. Hence, due to the large number of entries we decided to split the 7-12 years age group category into two groups; these being 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds.

Entries were judged by the Red-tail Project Coordinator, Bronwyn Perryman, and Jacinta deBrie-Delaney, who is the Art Director at St Martins Lutheran College. Jacinta has been in her role at St Martins for seven years now, and is an accomplished artist in her own right.

One winner and two runners-up were selected from each of the children’s categories, while one winner and one runner-up from the adult category.

Age group winners will receive an impressive ½ ounce silver proof Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Commemorative Coin presented in a beautifully designed Red-tail keepsake box, all thanks to the Perth Mint.
Our runner’s-up in the children’s categories will receive a Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Kite, while our runner-up in the adult category will receive a lovely bottle of 2010 Coonawarra Cabernet Black-Cocky Wine, kindly donated by Max Arney.

Congratulations to all our winners (listed below), and many thanks again to all those that submitted entries as part of this competition.

Red-tail Art & Story Competition Winners

7-9 Year Old Category

Winner: Imogen Hollis, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 9 (Collage & Sculpture)

Runner-Up: Lachlan Matheson, Glenburnie Primary School, SA. Age 9

Runner-Up: Jera Olurendain, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 9


10-12 Year Old Category

Winner: Caitlin Kilmister, Gladstone, QLD. Age 11

Runner-Up: Jesse Iese, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 12


Runner-Up: Emily Michelmore, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 12


13-17 Year Old Category

Winner: Molly Michell, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 13

Runner-Up: Connor Dearden, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 13

Runner-Up: Miranda Rose, Edenhope College, VIC. Age 13

Adult category (over 18years)

Winner: Charlotte Davis, Carapook, VIC. Charlotte prepared a beautiful photojournalistic book sharing both her stories and beautiful images of the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.


Runner-Up: Gloria Freeman, Edenhope, VIC. Gloria prepared a beautiful poem about the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

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