Rain and LPS

Dear observers and participants,

Again, thank you to everyone who made observations this week.

Also, welcome to our two most recent contributors #dunlop3 and #tidebreaker.

In the coming week we will have significant rainfall over much of the area where Lorikeet Paralysis is known to occur. In the past we have seen a surge of LPS cases following major rainfall events. We think that when it rains, lorikeets may be forced to feed on plants that they would normally not feed on and thus be exposed to toxic plants. So keep an eye out for lorikeets feeding on unusual plants and be sure to report these observations.

We have been able to recruit an additional scientist to our LPS team. Dr. Mainity Batista Linhares is a pathologist and toxicologist from the University of Queensland and her thoughts on the possible causes of LPS and ability to screen for toxins will help the project.

The eucaplypt trees around my office are in full bloom and the lorikeets are making the most of them. Late last week I was walking around the building and lorikeets, corellas, cockatoos were making a ruckus. At the center of the ruckus was a recently fledged powerful owl. With a bit more observing, a tawny frogmouth was also present in the adjacent tree. It kept opening its mouth and perhaps it was also mobbing the owl.

Thanks again to every one who is supporting this project and all the best.

David, Maya, and Lauren

Anotado por david4262 david4262, 05 de noviembre de 2021 a las 10:18 PM


cid:366F7D16-C2A6-4403-9125-692D9EB81EAB. I hope this is the right place to post. If not, please let me know.
I hope these 4 Rainbow Lorikeets are visible in the flowers of our palm, which I think is a Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana. Date was 6.11.2021. The black flying foxes take over at night. I believe they are Pteropus alecto but not sure. I did wonder if the lorikeets might be picking up a nasty Lyssavirus from the bats. There must be lots of bat saliva hanging around when the birds come back in the morning. ttim

Anotado por ttimm hace 3 meses (Advertencia)

Thanks for your comment @ttimm Sorry its taken a while to get back to you, probably the best place to put this, if you have an image attached would be to make an observation on the LPS project. If you are unsure how to do this you can find detailed instructions via this link: https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/our-research/research-areas/veterinary-science/lorikeet-paralysis-syndrome-project/submit-your-observation.html
While researchers have not been able to detect any virus or bacteria linked between the LPS cases nothing can be ruled out. Thank you for your participation with this project and look forward to your observations. Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Anotado por lozb97 hace 5 días (Advertencia)

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