A recent highlight of local birdwatching was our involvement in a Polish children’s documentary. The focus of our 40-minute episode was the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (pronounced ‘karkadu’ in Polish). The initial scene involved a father and son on a hike happening to come across Ellinor (Campbell) and myself on the jetty at the Allen Noble sanctuary. This random meeting led to a Q&A about karkadus. The ‘father’ was a professional actor, who is also famous as a sort of Polish Bear Grylls. The action then moved to Bambra Road where they got close to karkadus in the paddocks, as well as chasing the usual large group of kangaroos, who were not so keen on appearing on Polish television. It was a lot of fun.
Recent special sightings at Aireys Inlet have been a swan family with one cygnet, Spotted Crakes, Latham’s Snipe, Black-tailed Native-hen, plus a Lewin’s Rail and a Great Crested Grebe.