Re: lerps

To: "Chris Ross" <>
Subject: Re: lerps
From: "michael hunter" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 12:15:42 +1000
Hi Chris,
             Just excluding other lerp-eating birds and themselves not
"overharvesting", is enough to ensure plenty of lerps in Bell Miner
territories, other things being equal. Otherwise they don't actively "farm"
the lerps.
              Local factors such a good season or otherwise can affect lerp
numbers. Numbers in our local Bell Miner colony have plummeted after
bushfires reduced canopy, the birds must have died off, and their territory
is now full of  all sorts of honeyeaters and gleaners in the regrowth . It
will be interesting to watch the colony re-establish.

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