Updates from Margaret Owen


9th May 2016 – Drinking before roosting for the night.

Before roosting for the night Carnaby’s cockatoos need to drink. Since the Perry Lakes stadium site was redeveloped for housing, the Carnaby’s have found it convenient to drink from the gutters of newly built mansions. These elevated places allow a good view  of possible threats such as from ravens, corellas and birds of prey. After drinking and socialising the family groups fly across the road to their  roosting site. Reduced

June 6th 2016 – Male Mistletoe Bird in Underwood.

All the little birds – wee bills, yellow-rumped thornbills, silver-eyes, were flitting around, so difficult to photograph, but this male mistletoe bird perched for just long enough.

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May 29th 2016 – Carnaby’s off to the next Banksia

Banksia fossils 50 million years old have been found very similar to living Banksia cones today…..and our Banksias provide nectar when flowering, seeds when the flowers have finished and not to mention, valuable perches.resize DSC_6747

May 19 2016: Seeking larvae within the Acacia saligna.


May 19th 2016; a privilege to see.

This morning the Carnaby’s flock flew east from their roost site into Underwood Avenue Bushland. After feeding and flying they flew to the south, from the extremely threatened Underwood Bushland, through the extremely threatened corridor and into Shenton Bushland. Here they were eating the galls on the Acacia salignas and seeking larvae within the  Acacia trunks and branches. This male is very handsome.DSC_6095

May 9th 2016 –  Carnaby’s cockatoos in the evening.

The flock of Carnaby’s cockatoos which this evening numbered 250, need to drink every evening. Currently they are drinking from the bed of the East Lake at Perry Lakes and from water in the gutters of the multi-storied residences. After drinking and socialising they  fly across the road – Underwood Avenue – to roost in the tall trees at the intersection. These cockatoos need the food available in Underwood Avenue Bushland. The University of WA must withdraw their housing proposal.



5th May 2016 – Mature male Red-tail and juvenile with wings spread.Resizeed-tail and juvenile with wings spread


5th May 2016 – Juvenile Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

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May 5th 2016 – East Lake drinking techniques

In the evenings around 5.30pm, many Carnaby’s cockatoos wheel in to the East Lake of Perry Lakes. This is the pattern. They either drink at the East Lake, or if it has been raining they may drink from puddles on the road, or more often from the water-holding gutters on the new town houses there.

Each evening the flock of Carnaby’s cockatoos which roost in the tall trees at the corner of Underwood Avenue and Brockway Road fly into Perry Lakes to gather and to drink. After rain they fly to the water-holding gutters of the new houses. Builders also have scaffolding erected so the Carnaby’s perch there. As the sun slowly sinks in the west, pairs, threes, fives and groups fly across Underwood Avenue to roost for the night.


A builder has kindly installed scaffolding on which the Carnaby’s perch. The male on the right was mightily impressed with the female.

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Winter  – Fungi of Underwood

Tylopilus sp. (?) – a Bolete with pores rather than gills.

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Tuart Nut Fungus: Harknessia uromycoides

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March 30th 2016 – Redtails and 268 Carnaby’s

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March 27th 2016 – Redtails in Underwood

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February 22nd 2016 – Redtails in Underwood 

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February 3rd 2016 – Redtails were wonderful tonight 

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January 17th 2016 – Three goshawks and wrens his morning 

This morning Sunday 17 Jan, I went to Underwood at 7.30am. At the crest of the hill a goshawk took off from the ground about ten metres from me and after going to the tree where it landed, I saw it was an adult. It flew off. I could hear some red tails so set off towards that sound and then I heard the red tails yelling and saw them flying away pursued by a goshawk. The pair of red tails weren’t flying very fast, just yelling, so maybe it wasn’t too serious.

By then I was in the middle of the bush, and I heard that familiar yip yip yip of goshawks. One was flying towards me from 50 m away at head  height but then she veered off to a jarrah branch. (first photo). (The adults have a beautiful subtle horizontal striping, but the juveniles are heavily marked.) I guess this juvenile was just curious. Another was calling  occasionally nearby. I watched her for ages, then finally left her and set off to the exit. Bee eaters are still around, the tunnels are being visited by the adults, and the foxes haven’t eaten the babies yet.

Near the rise again, I saw Variegated Wrens, not making a sound but foraging around.

The marri is flowering in gay abundance.

It’s great to be alive…..as my friend says ‘You wouldn’t be dead for quids.’

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2015 – Spring in Underwood

Spring, how exciting. A pair of Carnaby’s cockatoos has been seen mating, a difficult balancing act. The pair-for-life bobtails have been together in the warm earth. Grass trees are putting up their spikes and the bush is becoming covered with yellows, whites, purples, blues, reds and oranges.

Shenton Bushland to the south of Underwood is amazing. The pansy donkey orchids, Diuris magnifica, are magnificent. They only grow in a narrow geographical area from Mandurah to Lancelin and form dense colonies. A walk along the path in Shenton Bushland will take your breath away.

Compared with Shenton Bushland, Underwood Avenue Bushland is beset with accumulating weeds, as weed management is non-existent. However orchids such as the beautiful spider orchids are flowering now. Are these orchids putting out their pheromones already to attract and to trick the male wasps into thinking that each flower is a female wasp?

What a sophisticated association of plant and animal. And then there’s the fungi: but that’s another story. Long live Underwood Avenue Bushland.

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August 10th 2015 – Two Babies



September 11th 2015 – A Goshawk swooped me this morning 


Yesterday there were no red tails in the bushland early morning, and yet the day before there was a family…..and a pair of goshawks.
This morning there were no red tails about again.
I went around to the south side of the bushland and entered and was at the top of the rise. I thought I might find the goshawks there in the tall tuart trees.
Looking to the west I spotted a goshawk heading straight for me with intent.
All I could do, being in the open, was to suddenly duck at the last minute and the goshawk passed closely over my head. I took a bad photo of it perched in a tuart and retreated. She didn’t pursue me so maybe she hasn’t eggs yet. Last year she was swooping (and seriously pursuing) in December.


August 6th 2015 – This baby red-tail in Underwood Avenue Bushland is only about 2 weeks out of the nest

This family of Forest Red-tailed Black-cockatoos flew from the roost site at UWA Sports Park into Underwood Avenue Bushland on the morning of Monday 10 August.

Ron Johnstone said that the cockatoo is only about two weeks out of the nest. Obviously the red-tails are breeding in the area. The parents were very doting.

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August 4th 2015  – Underwood avenue Bushland morning 

This is a family with the juvenile at the back. Earlier the female had been ‘kissing’ the juvenile on the beak.


July 3rd 2015 – Red tails in Underwood Avenue Bushland this morning 

The ‘balls’ third bottom are Leucopogon seed holding fruits.
The health of all the Banksia species are a feature of the bushland.
Ravens were a bit of a pest, chasing red tails, but one red tail chased a raven.
The Golden Orb-weaver has lost one leg.

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April 4th 2015 – Carnaby’s this morning again into Underwood Avenue bushland and right through to the east side at Selby St

First photo looking at the roost site at 6.10am
Fifth photo looking towards the east side of the bushland to Selby St. The cockatoos were flying east feeding as they went.
In the third last photo that cockatoo isn’t displaying. He flew to the leaves and couldn’t get purchase and had to struggle to get up  to vertical.
I don’t know whose feather the bottom photo shows. Raptor? Tawny frogmouth?












April 1st and 2nd 2015 – Carnaby’s flew east into Underwood 

There are from Friday morning….quite a few males displaying by either being upside down or by doing 360 degree giant swings.
Also one Carnaby’s female must have been hit by a car on Friday morning and killed. I collected her.

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