Venkat Subramanya, Suffolk Park
It is alarming to see many bird species disappearing from the local scene in recent times.
Rainbow Lorikeets in large numbers were very common here till mid-last year and now appear to have disappeared completely. The decline started mid-last year and not a single lori’ to be seen on their flowering grevillea tree, their usual haunt and also of many other species.
There was a distressing report in [ital]The Echo early this year that thousands of loris had died in the Northern Rivers region, cause unknown.
On Main Beach in Byron, the pine trees hosted a large number of loris noisily roosting in the evening. Wonder if they are still around?
Till two years ago large flocks of King Parrots came around, and since last year’s decline started, you don’t see or hear them anymore.
Similarly eastern rosellas, kookaburras and other small species are also disappearing.
I don’t see the large flocks of black cockatoos that used to fly back and forth across the sky.
Early morning bird calls are meagre. Only magpies and Indian myna (army) birds seem to be thriving still.
Is this all owing to human endeavours through technological advancements?
Coincidence? NBN wiring happened only two years ago in the local areas and other communication towers etc started being built.
Any other explanation? Are any scientists or authority investigating the causes? Is this a warning of major disaster in the offing?
Certainly, if they all disappear for good, it will be an environmental disaster.