Butterflies and birds (Australia)

Subject: Butterflies and birds (Australia)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 12:11:03 +1000
Like Lawrie Conole I too have noticed the super abundant flights of the
Caper White butterfly at Ruffy (2 weeks ago) near Euroa n-e Victoria and as
far south as Yanakie and Mt Oberon (last w/e) on Wilsons Promontory - the
most southerly point of the Australian mainland.  Painted Ladies were also
common but far out-numbered by the CWs.

Interestingly no birds were even vaguely interested in eating these
butterflies - although I did hear both Fan-tailed Cuckoos and
Shining-bronze Cuckoos nearby).  I watched dozens feeding on an enormous
lavender bush in the Shallow Inlet caravan park west of Yanakie, Sth
Gippsland.  Almost 40 species of birds wasn't bad for a disturbed coastal
environment I thought.

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

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