Will birds return to breed in Lake Eyre now that it has begun to fill with water?

Reece PedlerReece Pedler, said to ABC News that bird species, including the vulnerable banded stilt, use the desert lake as a breeding ground.

But how do they know the inland lakes are filling again?

Reece’s PhD research might shed some light on this mystery. According to Mr Pedler the birds are somehow able to sense the barometric pressure change or hear the distant thunder and then fly hundreds of kilometers overnight to be on the right place at the right time.

More on Reece’s research is available at ABC News: Birds set to return to Lake Eyre to breed as inland lakes fills with water.