YT Black cockatoos

To: "'Reid'" <>, "'Glassco'" <>, <>
Subject: YT Black cockatoos
From: "Alastair Smith" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 17:46:35 +1000

Reid et al,

This morning while looking for the roost of a Powerful Owl down here in Jervis Bay (NSW south coast), we were overflown by a single Y-t Black Cockatoo. My son said that a single bird meant it was going to rain. I asked him where he had learned that from and he said that the local aboriginal kids had told him that. He goes to school with aboriginal children from Wreck Bay. The sky certainly looks black out there tonight.



From: [ On Behalf Of Reid
Sent: Saturday, 14 August 2004 11:02 AM
To: Glassco;
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] YT Black cockatoos


Hello all,


Janet mentioned that black coackatoos flocking might be a precursor indication of rain.  Which set me thinking.  Does anyone else know of incidents (either fact or fable) where birds, by their activities or behaviour, seem to provide an advance indication/foreknowledge of coming physical events  - rain, thunderstorms, earthquakes, flood, locqust plague, etc, in advance of any indications being obvious to humans?


And of course, there is the ongoing problem of 'how do the waterbirds know that Lake Eyre has been filled'.





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