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Friday, March 9, 2012

Carnaby's Cockatoo stars in documentary

Next week, the ABC is screening a new documentary about Carnaby's Cockatoo. Here are the details (courtesy of the ABC, and the many people who forwarded emails about it to me!)

The Wild Ones: On a Wing and a Prayer

"On a Wing and a Prayer follows the incredible life cycle of the Carnaby's Cockatoo through the engaging story of one small cockatoo family. Capturing a remarkable, never before filmed journey of life and hope for one of Australia's most loved but critically endangered birds. This film has been made by Perth-based company Seadog International. 

"Only found in the south-west of Western Australia a tiny pocket of birds remains and these are permanently under threat. Some are still being smuggled for private collections. Others are illegally shot. Together with land clearing, loss of native food habitat and injury from man-made structures, the Carnaby's cockatoo is plummeting towards extinction.

"Species recovery is an uphill struggle. While it is thought they pair for life, the birds are lucky if they raise one chick a season. The odds are against them and hope for their future lies in the hands of the local community, and one man in particular, DEC Senior Wildlife Investigator Rich Dawson.

"This year Rick is determined to protect one small family of Carnaby's cockatoos at a 'high risk' nesting site. With their species numbers halved over the last forty years, it is vital for the survival of their kind that they breed and Rick will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

For more information, please check out the ABC website - The Wild Ones: On a Wing and A Prayer.

This documentary will be telecast on Tuesday 13 March on ABC-TV1 at 8.30pm

If you miss the telecast, you can still watch the documentary as it will be available for about two weeks on ABC iview - http://www.abc.net.au/tv/iview


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