Canberra fires & needletails

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Subject: Canberra fires & needletails
From: Peter Milburn <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 14:15:24 +1100
Lawrie wrote

>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 was correct about the swifts but not the thunder clouds.  There were
large number of swifts ahead of the fires mostly White-throated Needletails
but with a few Pacific Swifts around as well.  The clouds were pure smoke!

Dr P.J. Milburn
Biomolecular Resource Facility
Australian National University
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