News | Diary
Ozcranes News has the latest from our four sections (Info, Research, Australia-New Guinea Cranes and Conservation). The Diary lists crane-related events plus Natural Resource Management meetings in the Northern and Southern Gulf Regions, which include the main known Australian breeding area for Sarus Cranes.
Ozcranes has a completely new look but there is much, much more. New articles, images and commentary on Australia's Brolgas and Sarus Cranes, with the generous help of many contributors.
The ‘travelling logo’ – top left – returns you to the Home page from anywhere in the site, and the whole of Ozcranes can be explored in detail via the Site Map. As before, Brolga and Sarus Crane share a joint Introduction page from the top links, with comparisons between them on size, calls, features. Multi-page FAQs for each species follow on from the Introduction, covering numbers, food and water, breeding, and conservation. The background image artwork is by cranesnorth (Elinor Scambler), from an original Chinese papercut which can be seen in Ozcranes Resources 3».
New contributions and links to relevant projects are always welcome, please contact us.
Brolgas, rice & drones
Rice farmers in the extensive irrigation areas of the Riverina are using drones to monitor crop growth and development. In Ozcranes Cranes on Farms 2», our southern contact Matthew Herring reports on a ricegrower's drone sighting which gives evidence of a good 2016 breeding season for Riverina Brolgas. Images courtesy of Colleambally rice grower, Peter Sheppard.
The page also covers a rare Brolga breeding event in Riverina irrigated rice in 2013, and cranes (including Sarus Cranes) in rice overseas.
Dr George Archibald: Papers and Gulf photos
Dr George Archibald, renowned crane researcher and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, has kindly allowed Ozcranes to post two major papers on Sarus Cranes for download in Ozcranes Downloads». The papers are ‘Introducing the Sarolga’ on Sarus-Brolga hybrids, and ‘Comparative ecology and behavior of Eastern Sarus Cranes and Brolgas in Australia ’, the only study so far of Sarus and Brolga breeding in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
While in Australia recently George took aerial photographs of Sarus Crane breeding wetlands in the Gulf (see Sidebar). George and team did five hours of helicopter surveys of the Karumba Plain and parts of Delta Downs station where he located nests in 1984. This February many eggs had hatched and the families were not seen, but it was easy to locate the nests. Further breeding studies in the Gulf are a key priority for Australian Sarus Crane research.
Crane Art: Cranes in built structures
Researcher Dr John Grant» is also an artist, and in Yunnan Province China his artist's eye appreciated depictions of cranes in intricate door carvings, other household items and even streetlights. Ozcranes is pleased to present a gallery of images in Resources 3:2 ». Both crane species represented in the artworks – Red-crowned and Black-necked – are revered in many cultures but threatened in their natural habitats. The page includes images and links to conservation sites for these two cranes.
- The Atherton Tablelands Crane Count is held on the first Saturday of September each year. Visit BirdLife Northern Queensland or email the Crane Count Co-ordinator
- BirdLife Townsville monitors Brolgas and other birds in the Town Common Conservation Park, ongoing. Contact: BirdLife Townsville
- Northern Gulf Resource Management Group Website, for events, news and contacts
- Southern Gulf Catchments NRM Website, for events, news and contacts
- The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning conducts annual Brolga surveys in western Victoria, reports and results can be viewed on the SWIFFT website.
- BirdLife Ballarat has events and activities for Brolgas, Email BirdLife Ballarat
- The Brolga Recovery Group has activities and events for Brolgas, and collects sightings and photographs. Email Secretary Lou Thomas or visit the Website
- The Nature Glenelg Trust is involved in the Brolga Genetics project and wetland restoration, events on the website
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