Fork-tailed Swifts

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Subject: Fork-tailed Swifts
From: "Allan Benson" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 22:50:39 +1100
In response to a phone call about Fork-tailed Swifts from Alan Morris on Saturday 18/1, my son Ian and myself went to Crackneck Lookout in Bateau Bay Central Coast NSW. There we observed about 60+ Fork-tailed Swifts flying at eye level over the ocean.
About 6pm, about 50+ were observed at my place at Ourimbah (about 15 km as the swift flies from Bateau Bay). At least two White-throated Needletails were also seen in the flock. At 7.30 pm we drove the 10km along the Pacific highway into Gosford where another 50+ Swifts/WTN were seen with Swifts outnumbering WTN by a substantial margin.
While I'm sure Alan Morris will expand on his original sighting, I understand this is the first record for Fork-tailed Swifts on the Central Coast.
Allan Benson
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