Australian Geographic article

I was recently approached by Australian Geographic to answer some questions about black-cockatoos for an upcoming article. How exciting!

Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: Australia’s five black-cockatoos

Black-cockatoos have so much character and cultural significance. Ask anyone in Australia and they will have a black-cockatoo story. What’s yours?

Australian cockatoos: L-R Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo. Long-Bil

Image credit: Ego Guiotto

CockyNotes article

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The lovely folks over at Birdlife Western Australia recently asked me to write a short article to contribute to the Summer 2018/19 edition of CockyNotes. CockyNotes is a bi-yearly newsletter filled with all things cockatoo in south-western Western Australia. As all three species of black-cockatoo in WA are threatened Birdlife has several ongoing projects focusing on helping the cockies, and the newsletter is a way to update everyone on their progress. There are also researchers like myself working on the black-cockatoos, and we sometimes contribute to the newsletter to provide updates about our research. Continue reading

So, what is a black-cockatoo anyway?

Cockies on log

When early European explorers first landed on the shores of Australia all those years ago they were doubtless very confused not only by the strange, hostile landscape, but also by the whacky animals. This continues today as tourists flock to our country to see the weird and wonderful wildlife. The stars include the iconic marsupials such as kangaroos and koalas, as well as some of our more colourful bird species, like the rainbow lorikeet. I doubt many tourists come to see the black-cockatoos, in fact most have probably never heard of them, as they tend to avoid urban centres, and are quieter and more subdued than some of our other cockatoos (e.g. the raucous sulphur-crested cockatoo). Continue reading

How to: Install JWatcher on a Mac

As I have a million behavioural videos to analyse for my foraging project (slight exaggeration) I thought I would ask the Twitterverse for suggestions on which behavioural analysis software to use. I had several suggestions, but eventually settled on a program called JWatcher. To be honest, my main reason for choosing this program is that it is free, but also it seems like it will allow me to easily collect the data I need from the videos. I’ll update on that once I’ve worked out how to use it! Continue reading