Subject: Re: HIGHEST FLIERS???
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 12:15:22 +1000
G'day to all,

The query from Lorne reminded me of a research paper on avian lung
physiology I saw given in California a couple of years ago.

The paper began with a photo of a flock of geese or swans (?? not sure of
type) that were pictured flying over Mt. Everest as part of their migration
pathway.  The scientist made the point that these birds were flying a
considerable height above Mt. Everest under their own power but were able
to gather up the needed oxygen!! A remarkable feat!! My memory is that the
researcher claimed that these birds were the highest known flyers.


Pat Blackall
Animal Research Institute
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Moorooka 4105
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