Have you seen any Red-tails lately? The Red-tail Recovery Team is always keen to hear of sightings of Red-tails, no matter how big or small they might be, across their range in south-eastern SA and south-western Victoria.
We accept all credible sightings and are particularly interested in sightings of single adult males and any uncommon sightings, such as those either close to or beyond what we consider their normal range, or where the birds have not been sighted for some time. Reports of adult males may help us to locate nest sites, and will provide very useful data for a current research project looking to identify and model nesting hotspots.
Over the last 12 months there have been several reports of Red-tails south of Salt Creek. While it’s not unheard of for birds to vagrant this area, sightings of Red-tails north of Kingston and around Keith are not so common and are very rarely reported to the Recovery Team. As such, we would love to hear from anyone who sees birds or finds feeding signs in this area, as well as other locations throughout the range where birds are not commonly encountered.
All sightings are recorded in a sightings database, and are used to help us increase our knowledge and understanding of the bird’s habitat use, range extent and movement across the range from month to month and year to year.
While it is often difficult to find Red-tails, it’s easy to record a sighting. Simply phone 1800 262 062, email firstname.lastname@example.org or report your sighting via the Red-tail website www.redtail.com.au. When reporting a sighting please remember to include: date and time, place (CFS/CFA map reference is appreciated), how many birds, what they were doing (i.e feeding, drinking, flying), and your name and phone number/email.
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