White -throated needle tails at Wonga, Bawley Point ?

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Subject: White -throated needle tails at Wonga, Bawley Point ?
From: Terry Bird <>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:50:25 +0000
In the the camaraderie of the new year, 2016 , I wish to commend an excellent 
article appearing in December 2015 of Australian Birdlife ( vol 4 No 4 ) .
Something I always wondered about was whether these birds were in almost 
continuous flight and did they actually roost at dusk.
We now learn (Matthew Stanton research in the Pilliga Scrub ) that the main 
predator is owls, including the barking variety that picks them off the 
vertical tree trunks which their special foot configuration enables them to 
stay secure safely.
One can only wonder if the on- going research into pellet analysis etc., could 
establish that
powerful owls also predate on this rather rare migrant.

Very interesting also to read about the ariel displays because it was at Wonga, 
Bawley Point, that a highlight of my bird watching career occurred, about 300 
needle tails performing in a acrobatic coordinated acrobatic display.

Now for the commercial, as programmed COG is visiting Wonga again mid- week 
8-11/3/2016 and there are still vacancies for camping or accommodation in 
comfortable cottages to avoid possible later disappointment you should enquire 
sooner rather than later.

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