The late lamented John MacKean had the most logical-sounding theory I've yet
heard. The bird appears to be nomadic and a seed-eater. The most
predictable conditions for expecting the bird to be in the area is during a
long drought in Australia south of the tropic, but with a reasonable monsoon
in the North. This should produce a good seed crop in the Northern Tanami
desert. Being seed-eaters the birds must drink every night. Some of you
may remember a TV series with Harry I-forget-his-last-name who went up to
the Kimberley's during a bad drought (it may have been 82-83) and put
mistnets around the only pool of water in a wide area. Unfortunately, it
poured with rain during the day, ruining poor Harry's plan.
Anyway, back to the northern Tanami: the idea would be to visit the
southern-most station on the Northern Tanami, and camp on a different
waterhole every night. Eventually, the parrots should come in !
Of course, this requires not only the right conditions, but also lots of
time, and I don't see myself as having this time until I retire, which I am
planning to do in 2008.
Of course, if money were no object, I would commission John Young in Ingham
to find a nest for me. Alas, I am not in that happy state, nor do I ever
expect to be.
I live in hope!
Associate Professor John M. Penhallurick<>
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