Question of the Week Podcast

Question of the Week episode

Mon, 25th Jan 2010

Can a tanker pull birds off-course?

A Feral Pigeon or Rock Dove (c) Alan D. Wilson, www.naturespicsonline.com

We find out whether a giant hulk of steel can disrupt a bird's navigation system. Would a 350,000 ton tanker do the trick? Plus, we ask how cold it can be before hanging out the washing becomes pointless.

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  • Are birds confused by steel in ships?

    Hi, Naked Scientists. I'm Jan from Norwich and I'm the Captain of a large oil tanker. I have a question about pigeons. We often get flocks of wild amazing pigeons land on our decks and they just stay for weeks until the crew fatten them up for the pot that is. My question is ...

 

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