Rehabilitated birds freed
VOLUNTEERS and wildlife officers released eight rehabilitated Carnaby’s white tail black cockatoos in Yanchep National Park on Thursday evening.
The birds had been in care at Native Animal Rescue (NAR) for about a year, having first received treatment at Perth Zoo and then assessed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) before the May 18 release.
Department wildlife officer Karen Smith, Mr Jones and half a dozen volunteers helped catch the birds for banding and DNA testing at the Malaga centre on May 17.
Many of the birds were found with injuries caused by vehicle strikes across Perth, including in Joondalup, Hillarys, Wanneroo, Swan View, Swanbourne and Beechboro.
There was also one bird found in Belhus that had been shot and some had neurological issues but no signs of injury, so it may have eaten poisonous food.
NAR black cockatoo team leader Michael Jones said about 20 volunteers worked with the cockatoos, providing fresh foliage, seeds and water daily, and monitoring their recovery.
“We normally do the releases once a year at this time when it is cooler,” he said.
Mr Jones said half the volunteers were able to attend the release and help open the carrier cages.
Mrs Smith said before catching the birds, they observed them flying through the aviary to make sure there were no outstanding injuries.
“They are in this aviary to maintain their fitness. It’s a good thing when they are hard to catch because that means they are fit and healthy,” she said. Pictures: Martin Kennealey
Mr Jones said they initially planned to release 10 birds but only eight had recovered enough.
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Call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 to report sick, injured or orphaned native animals, or snake removal. For information on volunteering, visit nativeanimalrescue.org.au or call 9249 3434.
Take off: Native Animal Rescue staff and volunteers and Department of Parks and Wildlife staff releasing the birds.
Team leader Michael Jones and volunteer Lizzie Helliwell.