Carn­aby’s take flight to the wild

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

AF­TER months of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Kaarakin Black Cock­a­too Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre last month suc­cess­fully re­leased eight en­dan­gered Carn­aby’s black cock­a­toos back into the wild.

The birds were re­leased at the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife com­plex in Kens­ing­ton and in­cluded young bird Sweetie, who was found by the side of a road in Strat­ton with a shot­gun pel­let lodged just mil­lime­tres from her left eye.

Perth Zoo cared for her and Kaarakin en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cer Jill Stryk said it was great to see Sweetie re­leased back into the wild.

“It is al­ways re­ward­ing when we are able to re­lease suc­cess­fully re­ha­bil­i­tated black cock­a­toos back into the wild, par­tic­u­larly birds such as Sweetie, but it is a sad fact that many birds aren’t able to be re­leased due to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent fac­tors,” she said.

She said it was im­por­tant the com­mu­nity was aware of these

Pic­tures: Mike Groe­neweg an­i­mals in the wild.

“The one thing we can all do as in­di­vid­u­als is to slow down when we see black cock­a­toos at the road­side to re­duce the risk of ve­hi­cle strikes,” she said.

“Black cock­a­toos are large birds which are slow to take flight, so most in­juries are sus­tained when the bird flies into the front or side of ve­hi­cles.”

To re­port in­jured black cock­a­toos, call Kaarakin on 0448 046 202 or 9390 2288 or the Wildlife Hot­line on 9474 9055.

Kaarakin vol­un­teers Tony Judd and Mel Mar­shall re­lease the birds.

Carn­aby’s are large birds, and slow to take flight, mak­ing them vul­ner­a­ble to car strikes.

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