WHAT is the major limitation to growing fruit and nuts on your property – is it water, soil, manpower, fires, floods or capital investment?
No – it’s cockatoos.
These (unfortunately) intelligent birds seem to have a way of knowing just when the fruit is ripe – or even just before it’s ready to be picked – so they can swoop in and strip it off the branches.
Carlo Inglese has found these birds a continual challenge, cracking and dropping walnuts from his trees.
“There’s one scout that comes in, then it calls in a few mates,” he said.
“After that the whole flock comes around and I can see up to 150 of them in a nearby gum tree, just waiting.