Spring Migrants

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Subject: Spring Migrants
From: peter crow <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 09:23:04 +1000
While noticing the discussion re Channel Bills and Koels I had not given the matter any thought until I read Jan England's message. I got to thinking about the shape and geography of Australia and of the routes the airlines fly or would fly if traveling from Papua New Guinea to southern Australia.

The big bulge that is eastern Queensland is not on the direct route and a bird (or plane) following the coast would add quite some distance to its journey.

Of course some species may follow the coast, some may follow the greener vegetation of the coastal lands but many MAY use more direct routes ie through the Gulf or the western coast of Cape York and from there south through inland (western) Qld and NSW. Cloncurry, Winton, Charleville etc. I make no claim that the above is fact but suggest it is something we could hope to gather data on in the future.



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