WTNTs Gorokan NSW

To: "Russ Lamb" <>
Subject: WTNTs Gorokan NSW
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:13:57 +1100

A kettle means a group of birds soaring and circling together either feeding or on a thermal. They look rather like peas or such in a pot coming up to the boil. We don't seem to have many species that do kettle. WTN, Fork-tailed Swift and Aus.Pelican are the only ones I've seen doing it here. Overseas, it is common behaviour in migrating raptors, storks and cranes etc. A large kettle of raptors is an impressive sight.


Carl Clifford

On 21/01/2012, at 1:59 PM, Russ Lamb wrote:

I've not heard "kettle" used as a collective noun for WTN's, nor for anything else in fact (perhaps a group of tea drinkers is a possibility).
     Do you know it's derivation? How did you come to use it?

Russ Lamb, Maleny,SEQ

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