Re: [canberrabirds] Pelican stories for the future - Ockham's Razor

Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Pelican stories for the future - Ockham's Razor
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2009 17:08:13 +1000
One thunderstorm filleth not Lake Eyre, or any other large ephemeral lake. It takes a fair dump in the Channel Country in Qld to cause a fill event in Lake Eyre, and weeks or months before the water even reaches the lake. This makes the ability of Pelicans etc. to detect a fill even more mysterious.

I think Andrews suggestion would probably be the only way to discover the answer, and then it would not be guaranteed.


Carl Clifford

On 01/05/2009, at 4:31 PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:

So its conceivable a pelican could
hear a thunderstorm as much as 100km away but it still seems inadequate
to detect Lake Eyre filling from the coast.

Having GPS trackers on a pile of pelican when Lake Eyre filled
would be fascinating.



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