birding-aus Swifts and swiftlets

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From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 1999 17:37:12 +1000
After a very solid night's rain, followed by the same for most of the day,
it let up in mid-afternoon.

Shortly after, we had a mixed flock of about 20 White-throated Needletails,
along with about 60 swiftlets, none of them coming very low, all tending to
move to the north-east.

The swiftlets showed no pale areas beneath, only very slightly indented
tail, impossible to see any pale rump above, but they were pretty high, so I
wouldn't rule it out. I have to regard them as ufos but tend to the view
that they were most likely White-rumped Swiftlets.

Our three previous White-rumped Swiftlet sightings at Abberton (27º 34' S /
152º 08' E) have been in the months of November, December and January.

 Bill Jolly
"Abberton", Helidon, Qld

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