Fw: corellas - big flock - Hawthorn, Melbourne

To: Wendy <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Fw: corellas - big flock - Hawthorn, Melbourne
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:51:31 +0930
On Wendy's comment re not eating lunch under a flock of corellas - there is
a large roost of thousands of Rainbow Lorikeets in the centre of Palmerston
(near Darwin) near the major shopping centre.  Every Friday afternoon a food
fair is held in the vicinity, and and people using the area have often
complained about finding bird droppings in their food and their children's

When coming to live in Palmerston some years ago I immediately suggested to
the Council that the food fair be moved.   My immediate concern was that
people using the area could contract a number of diseases from air-borne
pathogens (dried droppings) and from direct contact.  I suggested to Council
that they may not be covered by their public liability insurance if a
disease outbreak could be traced to the birds, but they don't seem

Does anyone know of any similar situations?
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow B.A. Grad.Dip.Arts
1/7 Songlark Street, Bakewell NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835

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on 12/4/12 8:20 PM, Wendy at  wrote:

> From a friend who works at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn
> (Melbourne)
> Wendy
> A big flock of (little?) corellas has suddenly flown into Hawthorn from the
> north-east and parked in a few medium-sized trees in the campus here, making
> them look a bit like a colony of fruit bats. poor trees look a bit
> droopy.... I wouldn't be sitting under them to eat my lunch right at the
> moment.
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