Willy Wagtail, Fork-tailed Swift(?)

Subject: Willy Wagtail, Fork-tailed Swift(?)
From: Kiran Krishna <>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 19:17:26 +1000 (EST)
Hello again,

   This has been an interesting day for birds, despite it beginning wet
and staying humid. I saw a Willy Wagtail this morning that I suspected was
a Restless, so I tried to get closer and was treated to the interesting
spectacle of two Willys (The one I first saw joined in later, and gave up
quicker) attacking an Australian Raven. The poor bird was pecked quite a
bit before it decided to give in and wander away. Probably, the nest
close by made the bird agressive? I pitied the poor Raven, but I must
record that I admired the Wagtail. 

   While going to uni (at ~10:00am to the south of the wharf), I saw a
single Fork-tailed Swift fly over. I have never seen this bird before,
and I doubt it is common in these parts. However, it very definitely
wasn't a Welcome Swallow. No russet at all underneath with a very good
look (as good a look as can be expected given it was flying). It was
flying fairly low, and hence couldn't be a White-backed Swallow. Or could
it? Am I worrying needlessly, or is the Fork-tailed Swift occasionally
seen here?


Kiran Krishna
3rd yr physics
(Falkiner High Energy Physics)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006


Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,     
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:     
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.     
The music in the piano stool. That vase.     
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