New footage of female feeding chickBob 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.
- Image Michael Waters
Feb 14, 2014