Canberra fires & needletails

To: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Subject: Canberra fires & needletails
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 11:34:50 +1100
Hi Lawrie,
No thunder clouds here! The sky was dark from smoke and ash. Not putting down Lawrie's id abilities. For a while, about 20 minutes before it got really bad at home, I was fairly sure I saw White-throated Needletails in the sky (not that I could see much). I went and got my binoculars so that I could check and put them on my GBS chart and then noticed it wasn't birds at all, just high flying swirling leaves and sticks looking like a flock of swifts. My neighbour, a retired professional forester, pointed out leaves from Eucalyptus fastigata blown into the garden and they don't exist within many km from here.
Does anyone need any proof that birdos are crazy?

-----Original Message-----
From: Lawrie Conole <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2003 10:16
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Canberra fires & needletails

Hi folks

Watching one of the TV news services last night (ABC or SBS I seem to
recall) and coverage of the Canberra fires.  In one sequence of footage,
thunder clouds were shown associated with the change, and ever so
briefly the camera zoomed in on birds in the foreground - they looked
like swifts - White-throated Needletails perhaps??  Did anyone else see
it, or was I having pre-bedtime hallucinations?


Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist

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