Birds, bats and music

Subject: Birds, bats and music
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 15:17:47 +1000
An interesting nights entertainment at Melbourne's (Victoria, Australia)
Sidney Myer Music Bowl final concertlast Saturday night..

While listening (along with 000s of others) to a Mendelssohn piano piece, a
large flock of Welcome Swallows twittering above the bowl canopy.  Rainbow
Lorikeets and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos threatened to interrupt a quiet
piece earlier in the evening.

As night fell several hundred or possibly a 1 000 Grey-headed Flying-foxes
departed from their roost site in the Royal Botanic Gardens for feeding
spots in the leafy suburbs east of the city.

The evening finished with a rendition of the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky
complete with fireworks from the gardens behind the bowl.  Fortunately most
of the bats had left by this stage!  Other species: Willy Wagtail, Magpie
Lark, Ravens (Corvus sp.) and Silver Gulls.

All this occurred just over one km from the Melbourne GPO.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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