Cyclonic Winds 9 June & Storm in Newcastle/Lake Macquarie

To: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Subject: Cyclonic Winds 9 June & Storm in Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:48:43 +1000 (EST)
Hi Chris and others,

I'm unsure as to what impact the storms may have had on Swifties and
Regents: but am very curious - there's not that much literature about on
how land-based birdlife negotiates severe weather.  Having said that, I
did notice the local population of Grey-headed Flying Fox simply doing the
usual during the wild wind: thousands heading out into hideous weather.
There's no genetic switch clearly that says "Not going out tonight, too
rough" for the Flying Foxes.  Seeing them trying to "fly" was pitiful.

What sort of "swtiches" do birds manifest? "Fly to higher ground"?  "Leave
nest-hollow"? "Head for the hills"?



> Hi Craig,
> Interesting report on the aftermath of the storm.  Given the swamp
> mahogony
> flowers being destroyed, do you have any idea on the impact on Swift
> Parrots
> and Regent Honeyeaters in the area?
> Regards,
> Chris


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