Night flying birds?

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Subject: Night flying birds?
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:34:23 +1100
Hi Chris, I think u may find that the "few vocal beach stone curlews around 
too" are actually Bush Stone-curlews.As far as the other creatures flying 
about, then some more info would be more than helpful... i'd say what u are 
seeing are some small insectivorous bats - the only birds there u will see at 
night hawking the beach light on Plam Cove would be (on the very odd occasions) 
Barking Owls, Papuan Frogmouths or Large-tailed Nightjars. I've got not much to 
report from bird behaviour here this morning due to the eclipse - maybe the 
birds went a little quiet & then started up again, but it was hard to discern 
any difference from what they would normally do, say just prior to a heavy 
shower, when it goes a little dark when the heavy dark clouds are 
threatening... I just think it was timed too closely to dawn on a dullish 
morning as it was, to have too much effect on the local birds... Cheers  Martin 
Cachard,    Cairns,   0428 782 808 
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> Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:17:02 +1000
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Night flying birds?
> Dear All
> Need some help to ID some night flying creatures. I too am at Palm Cove for 
> the eclipse and like everyone else was too engrossed with the spectacle we 
> were witnessing to notice what the birds were doing. I'm just across from the 
> netted beach pool on the northernmost end of the beach. There is a bright 
> light which must be attracting insects and also what I suspect are 
> insectivorous bats. But do any birds do this sort of behaviour also? They are 
> too small and fast for me to see clearly. 
> There are a few vocal beach stone curlews around too. 
> Thanks
> Chris
> Chris Melrose 
> 0407705140
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