Hello everyone (in particular swift
During my work up here at Pormpuraaw, on Cape York, I have the
opportunity of seeing many other birds than the Crimson and Star Finches that I
am studying. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to watch a large flock
of Fork-tailed Swifts (minimum 500) swooping and diving in front of menacing
monsoonal rainclouds. A lot of them were a long way up and they became lost from
view at the edges of my vision so there may have been many more. I was only able
to estimate about 500. I have seen the Fork-tails before since I've been here
but never in these sorts of numbers. Mind you, my attention is usually focussed
a little lower to the ground- on the finches.
In case people are wondering, Pormpuraaw (Edward River) is an
aboriginal community about 250 km west of Musgrave on the west coast of Cape
York Peninsula and the east coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
A question for Mike Tarburton- when would you expect the
Fork-tails to start coming through PNG?
Environment and Heritage,
Pormpuraaw, Qld, Australia,