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Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 10:22:53 +1100 (EST)
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Greetings Chris

Thank you for your reply.  I have only been to the Daintree once and
that i saw swiftlets there.  I usually go to Chillagoe and west of
where I have my research projects going on the swiftlets.  Another good
place to see them is near Mission Beach at sunset as the birds for the
family islands head back out to their caves for the night.

I would be interested in records of White-rumped Swiftlets from you.  I
interested in determining the effects of cyclones and finding out if
numbers decline in the non-breeding period.  I think it is cyclones or
similar that push flocks down to S.E. Qld and even NSW or further.  If
there are too many to count could I suggest you make an estimate, by
counting in approximate groups of 10, or if really large, estimate in
groups of 100.  It gives me something better than "lots of birds"   It
be 50 or 100 or 200 out but it will be the best estimate anyone has.

Are your atlasssing records goig in as a daily record, weekly or

You spoke of Keith Fisher at Cairns.  Is he on the net and have an

I believe Boroko has changed since you were here.  A lot of things have
changed, not all for the better!!!

Thanks for your reply

All the best


PS. You asked about whether I had an interest in swallows.  Yes but not
much as Swiftlets.  I have produced a paper on the Welcome Swallow,
breeding comparisons between Aus and NZ.  It was published in Emu.  I
had published in Emu a paper on the breeding of the Fairy Martin.  I did
the Field work just south of the Qld border at Murwillumbah.

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