Friday, March 28, 2014

First Western Ground Parrot field work

Doug Watkins, Ground Parrot Officer

In 1984, Doug was appointed to undertake the first ever comprehensive survey for Ground Parrots in Western Australia. The project was to last for seven months.

The text below is from Western Australian Bird Notes, no. 31, September 1984, published by the Western Australian branch of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.

In the article above, Doug mentions a tape that he was preparing. This was the first training tape to help volunteers learn the Ground Parrot call and distinguish it from other calls. A small excerpt from the tape is below. The voice is Doug's. The calls were recorded by Doug in the Fitzgerald River National Park.

Please <CLICK HERE> to play tape excerpt. 

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