birding-aus Needletails

Subject: birding-aus Needletails
From: "Paul Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 21:40:27 +1000
This message is for Mike Tarburton, but others will probably be interested in
reading it.

Today I had a White-Throated Needletail crash into my fire tower.  This stunned
the bird and knocked it too the ground.  By the time I got the ground to see
whether it was alright, it came to its senses and was able to fly away.  On
mentioning this to another fire spotter, I got another story on WTN deaths 
by fire towers.  This crash was last season and involved the Mt Waldron Tower
near Cann River.

After a discussion we came up with 2 questions.
1.  Do WTN crash into each other?
2.  How do we get them to pose for a photo?

In response to your last message I hit delete instead of reply, so here is a
response.  I had 60 plus WTN around the tower on Boxing Day.  They are pretty
difficult to count when some are well up in the sky and others are wooshing
by a metre from your head.  The most common time they are around is 10.30 in
the morning, but they do not have a set schedule on when they are going to 
me from doing their job.

Paul Jones

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