Raft of birds

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Subject: Raft of birds
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:04:57 +0000
Hello Robin,

Your birds were almost certainly Hoary-headed Grebes. Flocks of thousands are 
well documented in HANZAB.

There is a not very good pic on my website of one of these rafts I took many 
years ago on the Coorong.

The fact that they were accompanied by gulls and the odd cormorant suggests to 
me that they were feeding. Other species form large rafts to round up food, 
pelicans, Banded Stilts,
Pied Cormorants and Little Black Cormorants to name a few. The best example of 
this sort of cooperation I've ever seen was at Longreach Waterhole in the NT a 
couple of years ago where there were several thousand pelicans present.Twenty 
or so birds would form a tight circle around their prey (presume fish) and on a 
given signal (there would have been one) it was DIVE!  DIVE! and they all 
dived, perfectly synchronised.


Graeme Chapman
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