Fork-tailed Swifts

To: Allan Benson <>
Subject: Fork-tailed Swifts
From: John Reidy <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 13:01:38 +1100

Allan Benson wrote:

> 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.

I managed to get to Barren Grounds (near Wollongong NSW) on the weekend
to meet up with an old friend of mine (Mavis Russell) and was able to
watch the southerly change come in. We saw 50+ Fork Tailed Swifts flying
with perhaps 20 White Throated Needletails at approx. 5.00 pm on
Saturday (18/1/03). They were heading in a southerly direction, perhaps
to get to the storm front.

While there we had really close and good views of Eastern Bristlebirds
on numerous occasions. Quolls and Pottoroos were seen by others.

John Reidy

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