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Can't remember if I told you lot about our storm...anyway we had a huge storm on Monday afternoon, with thunder, rain, high winds and humungous hail stones (some as big as golf balls) . Cars were damaged, roofs damaged, flooding, power failure and mudslides...rotten. Well tonight on the TV news a report told of 23 Carnabys cockies found injured after the storm and taken to the vet (I think the one at the Uni). Most had beak and wing injuries, sadly three of these beautiful creatures did not make it, and died. Sad as it is to lose one in such a way, but these birds are endangered, so the loss is even more tragic for the species. :cry:

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I saw that on TV, showed a man holding the huge hailstones the size of golfballs. I thought about the wildlife espeically birds, poor things. :(

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So sad to see so many beautiful birds lost like that.

 

Was interested to also read

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Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has to make a decision on whether to allow 162ha of bush habitat, in Jandakot, in Perth's south, to be cleared for commercial development

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Maybe I am being niave but if this is good wildlife habitat then to me it is a no brainer - just so fed up with seeing wildlife pushed further and further to the edge by concrete and commercialism.

 

Soon all we will have left is rats and cockroaches.

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Oh peanut you're so right! There's a bunch of people in the Balajura area trying to get a block of bush reserved as there are black footed wallabies and carnabys living there...some toad wants to build houses there. So people here are aware to some extent of what is happening to habitat for the wild things and doing something to stop it. Trouble is we have to make thick headed politicians listen...very difficult. May I say I don't mind rats but I loathe cockroaches!

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http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/carnabys-cockatoos-released-after-storm-20100407-rroq.html

 

Thirteen endangered Carnaby's black cockatoos have been released into the wild after recovering from a pummelling during a massive hailstorm in Perth.

 

More than 70 of the cockatoos were injured last month when hailstones the size of golf balls pelted down during a severe storm which damaged the capital of WA.

 

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the Perth Zoo assessed and treated 24 birds, of which six were euthanased and one died from its injuries.

 

Volunteers and DEC officers released 13 of the injured Carnaby's on Wednesday in Kings Park near Perth's centre.

 

The remaining birds are being treated at the zoo's veterinary hospital and the Black Cockatoo Recovery Centre in Perth's southern suburbs.

 

DEC senior investigator Rick Dawson said 57 birds died during the storm and the released birds had been banded and microchipped so their progress could be monitored.

 

The released cockatoos had recovered well from their injuries, he said.

 

"Most of these guys weren't too bad. They had superficial wounds and in fact when we released them at the rehab centre they couldn't fly too well because they'd actually been pummelled by hailstones," Mr Dawson told reporters.

 

"It was like as if they had played rugby."

 

Other birds had broken bones and one had a head injury.

 

Mr Dawson said volunteers had handfed some of the younger birds and cut marri nuts, banksias and pine nuts for them to eat because they were not accustomed to sunflower seed.

 

The number of Carnaby's black cockatoos is estimated to have decreased from 150,000 in the 1950s to 40,000 now.

 

Conservationists blame habitat loss from land development for the decline in numbers.

 

Last month federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett approved the clearing of land in Perth's south near the Jandakot airport despite the area being known as a roost for Carnaby's cockatoos.

 

WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher said the decision was a matter purely within the realm of her federal counterpart.

 

The release of the birds coincides with the Great Cocky Count on Wednesday evening.

 

About 1000 volunteers will count the birds in WA in a one-hour period to try and get a better grasp of the number of Carnaby's and their whereabouts.

 

Birds Australia WA chair Bruce Haynes said the count would allow maps to be drafted to help developers in their planning, keeping the roosts and numbers of Carnaby's in mind

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