Needletails in Caloundra, SEQ

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Subject: Needletails in Caloundra, SEQ
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:10:13 +1000
To Mike Tarburton, about 20 Needletails over the Caloundra Sandbanks this morning at 09.40am.
S 26.810314
E 153.129950

They sure work well as an alarm. I looked up from counting shorebirds, having just finished. Needletails were quartering the intertidal sandbanks just about ground level, then sweeping higher for another run. My kayak was covered in little insects, no doubt brought down low by the atmospheric depression. I saw the black clouds, realised the Needletails were running in front of them, and said, "Let's get out of here." We just got the kayaks on the car roofs as the heavy rain began at 10.00am.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

26° 51' 41"S  152° 56' 00"E

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