Wind Farms v. Birds

Wind Farms v. Birds

There are 115 comments on the www.abc.net.au story from May 5, 2013, titled Wind Farms v. Birds. In it, www.abc.net.au reports that:

As Australia pushes to meet its Mandatory Renewable Energy Targets, wind farms are proliferating across the country.

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“Topix is lowlife scum with no”

Since: Jun 12

respect for anyone...

#1 May 6, 2013
Yep, animal activists causing problems again.
She does make a good point though, building wind farms in a migratory flight path used by birds probably isn't the best place to build them.
Possibly the birds use those routes because of the winds making their flight easier.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#3 May 6, 2013
Birds deaths due to windmills have been researched and it is nothing more than a myth. More birds die by running into windows on your buildings. New Technology is addressing that problem by integrating glass with ultraviolet reflection. Lesson learned from spiders. Their webs contain ultraviolet reflection to suppress birds destroying their webs. This can also be used on the windmills blades if required. To imply birds are so daft that they cannot see the blades and or the windmills is a fabrication of the black toxic shills.

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#4 May 6, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
To imply birds are so daft that they cannot see the blades and or the windmills is a fabrication of the black toxic shills.
- daft bird ?
Indians lol

Adelaide, Australia

#5 May 6, 2013
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#7 May 9, 2013
See there is no rational comment to validate the Bird myth of windmills.

“Lock up your cat ....”

Since: Oct 08

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#8 May 9, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
See there is no rational comment to validate the Bird myth of windmills.
lol - It too less than 30 sec to find a video of a bird hitting a windmill after I read your comment that birds are not "daft" enough to fly into them - no rational comment needed.
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#9 May 9, 2013
noteatpig2getha wrote:
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lol - It too less than 30 sec to find a video of a bird hitting a windmill after I read your comment that birds are not "daft" enough to fly into them - no rational comment needed.
The Golden Eagle is back on the endangered species list again due to wind farms.

http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/8319

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#10 May 9, 2013
I've always wondered why wind farms based on towers topped by turbines of the barrel design have not been explored more seriously. Like those spinning extractor flues on workshop roofs, but scaled up greatly.

Not only would they maintain constant higher visibility to passing birds at all phases of rotation more likely alerting them to avoid collision, but the ease of maintenance should be obvious too with a vertical shaft down to a dynamo at ground level for easy access.

Another scourge for local residents would be avoided too ... long blade-shadows rhythmically sweeping houses and yards over great radii of landscape especially near sunrise & sunset.

BTW, fauna in flight do not even need to be physically struck by the sweeping blades to be killed. A near miss is often enough to kill.

I recall learning of hundreds of flying fox corpses found littering areas around bases of wind-farm towers in some regions. Rather than impact trauma, subsequent veterinary examinations revealed that most had died of ruptured lungs. It seems that a near-miss from one of those passing blades delivers a violent shock of air pressure.

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#12 May 9, 2013
tammy wrote:
<quoted text>Birds of all kinds fly into EVERYTHING. Why just point out windmills ? Just trying to make a point with this isn't going to work since most people know better.
Birds don't just fly into "EVERYTHING"...they hit windows because they are transparent. We don't see bird carcasses littered around telegraph poles and buildings and birds always avoid my car.
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#13 May 9, 2013
tammy wrote:
<quoted text>Birds of all kinds fly into EVERYTHING. Why just point out windmills ? Just trying to make a point with this isn't going to work since most people know better.
You must have missed the part that says back on the endangered species list. It's real, unlike the stupid polar bear.
Doggies

Adelaide, Australia

#14 May 9, 2013
tammy wrote:
<quoted text>Birds of all kinds fly into EVERYTHING. Why just point out windmills ? Just trying to make a point with this isn't going to work since most people know better.
I'v had a couple of birds fly into my window. I think we need an investigation into house windows and possibly ban them
davis

Adelaide, Australia

#15 May 9, 2013
Indians lol wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =s9MszVE7aR4XX
Daft Punk
da funk-daft punk
https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#16 May 9, 2013
Doggies wrote:
<quoted text>I'v had a couple of birds fly into my window. I think we need an investigation into house windows and possibly ban them
Couldn't the dumb bird see the other bird flying toward him?
Doggies

Adelaide, Australia

#17 May 9, 2013
Teaman wrote:
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Couldn't the dumb bird see the other bird flying toward him?
I'm not sure, it wasnt answering any of my questions
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#18 May 9, 2013
Doggies wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not sure, it wasnt answering any of my questions
Ha ha, we're not talking about a little window a bird flies into now and then. Some wind farm photos. An obstacle course for birds.

http://www.goldenstateimages.com/GSI_search.p...

It took years to build up the Golden Eagle population. Now they're back on the endangered species list.

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Since: Jan 11

Australia

#19 May 9, 2013
noteatpig2getha wrote:
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We don't see bird carcasses littered around telegraph poles ....
Sadly that's not strictly true. But for a different reason, of course ... electrocution.

In the time I've lived here a pole outside my property has 'harvested' over a dozen birds that way, including but not limited to Crows and Magpies.

They often use the transformer box for a landing platform and sometimes touch the wrong thing with fatal results. A dozen birds at my neighboring transformer might not seem like many but that has to be extrapolated out over dozens more transformer boxes in just my suburb alone, and then out beyond to wider regions.

I've made approaches and sent in pictures to Local Government, to Wildlife Protection Agencies and to the power company itself, all without success.

Modifying those transformers to discourage birds from landing on them would understandably incur significant cost and a radical change in priorities by those in a position to assist.

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#20 May 9, 2013
Doggies wrote:
<quoted text>I'v had a couple of birds fly into my window. I think we need an investigation into house windows and possibly ban them
No we already have remedies for that problem called curtains, blinds and one way glass.

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#21 May 9, 2013
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
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Sadly that's not strictly true. But for a different reason, of course ... electrocution.
In the time I've lived here a pole outside my property has 'harvested' over a dozen birds that way, including but not limited to Crows and Magpies.
They often use the transformer box for a landing platform and sometimes touch the wrong thing with fatal results. A dozen birds at my neighboring transformer might not seem like many but that has to be extrapolated out over dozens more transformer boxes in just my suburb alone, and then out beyond to wider regions.
I've made approaches and sent in pictures to Local Government, to Wildlife Protection Agencies and to the power company itself, all without success.
Modifying those transformers to discourage birds from landing on them would understandably incur significant cost and a radical change in priorities by those in a position to assist.
The transformer boxes around here are enclosed in a mesh cage and barbed wire and there doesn't seem to be any bird deaths associated with them.

“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#22 May 9, 2013
Teaman wrote:
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Some wind farm photos. An obstacle course for birds.
http://www.goldenstateimages.com/GSI_search.p...
Just imagine! If we could feed power back into all those turbines to act instead as propellers, face them all the same way and race them in unison we could slow planetary rotation, lengthen the day, and have more time to post on Topix!!

:)
Doggies

Adelaide, Australia

#23 May 9, 2013
noteatpig2getha wrote:
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No we already have remedies for that problem called curtains, blinds and one way glass.
how clever, I already have blinds on all my windows because it also keeps the sun out when I dont want it. Perhaps there's problem with suicide in the local bird population in my area? Does anyone know if the RSPCA provide bird counselors?

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