Re: Black Honeyeaters in SE Qld

Subject: Re: Black Honeyeaters in SE Qld
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:16:46 +1100
Terry Pacey asked whether Black Honeyeaters were expanding eastward or 
whether the current records in the east are part of a drought influenced 

Given that we are currently in the grip of a 1 in 100 year drought  I 
would be fairly confident about suggesting the latter.  Hugh Ford 
certainly suggested this was the case (paper in South Aust Ornithologist 
1978, see also Ford's book Ecology of Birds).  Eruptions beyond their 
"normal" distribution tends to coincide with drought.  In NSW notable 
examples include 1982 and 1994 and again 2002.  I'm sure Alan Morris would 
have far more comprehensive information than this.



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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