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Meet a popular resident of Deep Creek Conservation Park

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

 

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) is synonymous

with Deep Creek and for many years it was the emblem for Southern Ocean Retreats.

During the early 1990s their numbers were relatively low earning them a ‘vulnerable status’.

Deep Creek Conservation Park was considered an important refuge and breeding ground

but in more recent years numbers have grown to the point where sightings

of large flocks in the Mount Lofty Ranges are not uncommon.

 

This is in part thought to be the result of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo having

learnt how to extract the seeds of pine cones from introduced pines (Seeds and

wood larvae are the two key elements of their diet). There are 6 species in Australia

and the yellow-tailed black cockatoo can reach 55-60cm once mature.

At first glance the bird appears completely dark brown to black but upon closer

inspection you will find contrasting yellow panels in the tail feathers as well as yellow check patches.

 

Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus),

 

Unlike their cousins, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo whose harsh screech can be

heard from afar, the yellow-tailed cockatoo has a gentle call which they occasionally emit.

They have a distinctive flight action with deep slow paced wing beats which

makes them easy to recognize.  They favour eucalypt woodland and pine plantations

so it comes as no surprise that they are often seen in Deep Creek or

the neighbouring State pine plantations, usually in flocks of 6 to 12.

Both sexes construct the nest in a large tree hollow lined with woodchips. Clutch size is

usually 2 eggs but typically only 1 egg survives.  The chick remains in their care for the first 6 months.

 

baby yellow-tail

baby yellow-tail

An app instead of a map?

Compass and map

The traditional tools for navigation

 

It should come as no surprise that technology is making inroads

into every facet of daily life.  So too with field maps.

Serious bush walkers have always learnt how to use a compass

and read a contour map that enabled them to plot their location,

their progress and the path ahead at any given point.

 

Bush walkers reading a map

Are we there yet?

 

Those skills are still relevant today but a new phone application has

made working out where you are on your walk just that much easier.

The Avenza app uses your phone’s built in GPS to locate you on the trail.

It works on satellite technology rather than mobile phone reception.

In other words, once you’ve downloaded a particular map on your phone

at home you can access it at any time during your walk regardless of

phone signal strength.  This is a key feature as the rugged terrain in

Deep Creek often means no or patchy phone reception.

 

The Avenza app in action

The Avenza app in action

 

A free Avenza app is available for Deep Creek Conservation Park

and is one well worth downloading for visitors to this beautiful part of the world.

For more information follow the link here

South Australia’s History Festival

 

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know  – Harry S Truman

 

Talisker Mines - Crushing House

Talisker Mines – Crushing House

 

As this edition of our newsletter ‘goes to print’ we are in the midst of the start of

South Australia’s History Festival which runs from 27 April to 31 May.

Under the theme ‘Discover a different story’ each region of our State

presents its own tailored program reflecting our regional history.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is no exception covering activities from as far

afield as Myponga to Goolwa and Strathalbyn.

 

Rapid Bay township

Rapid Bay township during the mid 1900-s

 

Highlights for our region include a guided tour on the Talisker

Silver Mines near Deep Creek Conservation Park,

book launches on Rapid Bay’s history as well as 160 years of

education on the Western Fleurieu Peninsula and a

Hats & History tour of our region departing from Adelaide Central Bus Station.

For more information on the full programme go to this link

 

 

The original Yankalilla Area School

The original Yankalilla Area School

Our number one resident

Locals chill at Cobbler Hill

Locals chill at Cobbler Hill

 

If there is one thing that is synonymous with Deep Creek Conservation Park,

apart from the breath taking scenery, it’s the abundance

of western grey kangaroos (macropus fulginosus).

In some parts of the Park such as Goondooloo Ridge

mobs of several hundred can be seen at any time.

 

Western Grey Kangaroos getting acquainted in front of Goondooloo Cottage

Western Grey Kangaroos getting acquainted in front of Goondooloo Cottage

 

A fully grown male can weigh up to 54 kg, leap close to 12m in a

single hop and reach speeds of up to 60kph.

They feed mainly on grasses but can also be found foraging

amongst leafy shrubs using their fore-arms to reach higher foliage.

The sometimes comical ‘boxing’ contests that can be seen in mobs

help establish the dominance hierarchy among males and the right to mate.

 

 

 

Gestation is typically 30-31 days after which the incomplete foetus

resembling a jelly bean crawls to the teat in the pouch.

Here it suckles for a further 130-150 days.  Joeys  leave the pouch

after about 9 months but continue to suckle for a further 9 months.

And the reference to curry?  Well, adult males have a distinct ‘curry-like’

odour giving them the nick name of stinker.

 

Kangaroos at Glenburn Cottage

Glenburn Cottage official welcoming committee

Well known South Aussie makes amazing discovery

Last month we had a visit from a well-known local, Andrew Costello,

better known as Cosi from South Aussie with Cosi.

Amazingly for someone who has travelled the length and breadth

of our State Cosi had never been to Deep Creek Conservation Park.

 

He was gobsmacked by the beauty of the Park and

couldn’t believe something so stunning was that close to Adelaide.

Cosi’s passion for all things South Australian is obvious

the moment you meet him and he is a great ambassador for our State.

South Aussie with Cosi in Deep Creek COnservation Park

Cosi on location in Deep Creek Conservation Park

The segment featuring Deep Creek and our accommodation

is expected to go to air next month but click here for a brief preview.