After the Cyclones...

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Subject: After the Cyclones...
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 23:48:26 +1000
I was talking to an Ergon linesman recently who related to many bodies of small 
birds on a road near Malanda on the Atherton Tableland. As he walked along the 
road way to put up signage he noted that there were small birds dead on the 
road at the rate of one or two each metre. He assumed that they were silvereyes 
or finches as it was some days after the event.
    Last night a news item from Townsville Wildlife Rescue stated that they 
were treating the annual number of native doves and pigeons. Tape was of 
Woompoos, Superb Fruit- doves and Torressian Pigeons. The later should have 
been heading North at this time or year and obviously lost it's bearings and 
almost it's life. How many perished?
    News from up the Cape from Scotty Templeton at Coen said that on Coen 
Airport runway were eight Pied Herons, nine Caspian Terns, three Black-naped 
Terns and two little Terns, all new records for the area. Locally Monica passed 
within about forty kilometres away to the North.
    Last year as Cyclone Ingrid passed over the same region in the "Clear" eye 
were many sea birds seemingly unable to escape. Ingrid lost intensity and they 
may have flown out as it crossed the western Cape coastal areas as a Category 
    Tonight (22/04) Cyclone Monica approaches the Top End coast as a Category 

Del. Richards, Fine Feathers, Mossman, NQ.

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