RE: Flight Speeds & Daily Movement

To: "'L.Chambers'" <IMCEAX400-c=AU+3Ba=+20+3Bp=MOV+3Bo=328SWANSTONWALK+3Bdda+3ASMTP=>
Subject: RE: Flight Speeds & Daily Movement
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 10:42:25 +1000
Hello Linda

I do from time to time try and estimate the speed of birds travelling in
the same direction as the car.  Unfortunately I never record the
results!  The only one I can recall was an Australian Hobby which I
clocked at 80 km/h in level commuting flight over farmland.  This was
near Geelong a couple of months ago.  Common Bronzewings can do about 60
km/h in front of the car; maybe they'd not be in such a hurry if it
wasn't for being "pursued" by the car.

>From my research on the ecomorphology of microbats (insectivorous bats)
I know it's possible to predict flight speed from morphology,
particularly of wing morphology.  Are there not any similar formulae for

Cheers -- Lawrie


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