Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Western Ground Parrot eggs

A clutch of three Western Ground Parrot (WGP)eggs was collected for H.L. White by F. Lawson Whitlock on 20 November 1913.

This was the first and only recorded clutch of WGP eggs found in the wild, indicating both the scarcity and cryptic habit of the species.

The images below were sourced from Museum Victoria where the extensive and valuable H.L. White collection of Australian bird eggs and skins is housed.

WGPs can no longer be found in the location from which these eggs were taken. 

Part of the first posting on this blog (Sat. August 10, 2013) "Finding Western Ground Parrot nests" is a copy of the article by F. Lawson Whitlock on his difficulties in finding these eggs, and it includes a photo of the nesting site.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Land release deferral

Several letters notifying us of the land release deferral were received in addition to those below. These included a letter from the Premier, Brian Burke; the Minister for the Environment,Ron Davies;the Minister for Fisheries and Wildlife H. Evans and the Under-secretary for Lands, B. O'Halloran.

At last we were confident that the area would remain uncleared until after the first survey to assess the status of Ground Parrots in Western Australia had been completed.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Land release deferred

Below is the public notification of the deferral of the land release north of the Fitzgerald River National Park. The decision largely rested on the unknown status of the ground parrot.