Birds Banding Together!

Carpentarian Grasswren (Amytornis dorotheae). Photo: Henry Stoetzel.

Southern Gulf Project Officers Lyndy Skea and Kayler Greenfield have been lucky enough to work closely with PhD Candidates Henry Stoetzel and Patrick Webster from The University of Queensland as part of our Carpentarian Grasswren Conservation project.

We’ve been getting down and dirty, colour banding some tiny Carpies, which is an important step in the conservation of these birds, as a method of tracking individuals, learning about their habitat requirements and obtaining other valuable data.

Project Officer Lyndy, who is a new member of the Southern Gulf team described the experience as “surreal”! “The first little Carpie we caught was a male, Henry had to lure him down the hill into the trap using recorded audio of their calls, which took around 15 minutes. Henry was like Tigger, jumping up and pouncing as soon as the bird came into the net area, it was an incredible experience” she said.

Further steps in the program will include radio-tracking as many Grasswrens as possible to ensure the most amount of data can be gathered.

This project is supported by Southern Gulf NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and the Southern Gulf NRM Environment Fund.

PhD Candidates Henry Stoetzel and Patrick Webster, with their assistant for the day Kurt Skea, banding a Carpentarian Grasswren and recording vital information about the bird. Photo: Lyndy Skea.
Henry Stoetzel with two, recently banded, Carpies. Photo: Henry Stoetzel

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