Low Flying White-throated Needletails

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Subject: Low Flying White-throated Needletails
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 11:37:01 +1100
Hi Birders,

A recent correspondent to Birding-aus commented about some low flying
White-throated Needletails and said that this was to him very unusual.
However it is quite normal for Needletails to fly low when feeding over
coastal heaths and forests. Indeed I would say that it is a very common
phenomena in coastal NSW. It is not only on the heaths though, where I live
near the sea amongst the timbered slopes that lead up to Wyrrabalong Hill at
Bateau Bay, the Needletails often fly low along the streets between the tall
Blackbutts (Eucalyptus piluraris) at a height of 5-10 m off the ground as
these would be the only cleared continuous patches amongst the trees and
houses. About 20+ birds were watched flying along the street outside my
house yesterday morning!

Alan Morris

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