On a trip to South Aust in March, we stopped over in Nelson, on the coast
almost at the Victoria/South Aust border. On two successive days, in the
late afternoon, we observed a group of about 8 White-throated Needletails
circling and swooping above a group of Cypresses(?) at the edge of the
Glenelg river mouth. They were in the same area for at least an hour on
> From: Dr Mike Tarburton <>
> Subject: birding-aus Bad Year for the Swifts
> Date: Friday, 21 May 1999 17:56
> Dear Mike
> You wrote:
> > It appears that except for one observer in NSW no one has made many
> > needletail swift sightings anywhere in Australia this season. This is a
> >bit of a worry,
> More than a bit of a worry I should think. Would it be worth repeating
> the above on birding aus so that anyone who hasn't sent in sightings
> would be encouraged to do so?
> Michael Norris
> Even Fork-tailed Swifts seem to have been hard to find this year, with
> reports (and that only three or four) coming from Adelaide (Tony Russel).
> Needletails appear to have been late (and few) to Canberra, Blue
> None seen in South East Melbourne, few elswhere in or around Melbourne,
> in north NSW and few in Qld.
> Please if you have found any large numbers (or any swifts at all) would
> be kind enough tolet me know of them.
> many thanks
> Mike Tarburton
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