Re: WTNT reports

Subject: Re: WTNT reports
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 08:56:33 +1100

Colin wrote "To think these birds may not land for 9 months of the year? Is this realistic? Wow!"

As no-one appears to have replied publicly. Swifts do land in order to sleep at night.  I've seen Needletails coming into to roost in Goonoo State Forest (about 50km north-north east of Dubbo) at dusk.  I don't recall the precise reference but there was a radio-tracking study on a couple of needletails years ago that plotted their daily movements, including roosting sites on a forested ridge.  Someone out there may be able to give the precise details.

By the way, for Mike's benefit mainly, a lone White-throated Needtail seen foraging at tree top level in Goonoo State Forest (45 km from Dubbo) on Wednesday midday (22 December).  Area dominated by large high pressure system hence clear skies and hot.


David Geering
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Department of Environment & Conservation
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