Warm Woodswallows.

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Subject: Warm Woodswallows.
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 17:41:11 +1000
As is usual around Port Douglas in the winter months we've been observing the local White-breasted Woodswallows all lined up in the first sunlight in their effort to warm up. Our overseas guests find the sight very appealling as they jostle for position in rows of up to 20 or so birds.
    It would appear that their fine feathering akin to that of pelagic species may not be especially well adapted to keeping out the cold.
    Most of the Woodswallow population have developed the practice of roosting around transformers that are placed about the towm on the power poles. They normally hawk for insects until dusk and then line up on the wires mostly less than a metre above the transformer.
    During the Wet I imagine that they have their night roosts in foliage when their body temperature would be of little concern.
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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