White-throated needletails and fireflies

Subject: White-throated needletails and fireflies
From: John Weigel <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:22:03 +1100
Hi Jenny,

I had a similar experience yesterday late avo at Somersby industrial area on 
homeward drive. A group of 20+ Needletails (maybe a lot more…) were working a 
tree-lined paddock, rocketing along just a few metres above ground along a 
narrow fly-way, then zooming upwards and around to some obscured, maybe distant 
point for another return run. Cursing the timing of having no binocs nor camera 
in the car, I nevertheless parked and walked over to the action, getting 'in 
and amongst 'em', and enjoyed ten minutes in awe at the speed and freakish 
control they maintained,  like some sort of futuristic prototype jet-fighters. 
Occasionally close enough for an impressive 'whoosh'. Wow.

Jenny - re your other recent post, the fireflies are peaking in the vicinity of 
Forest of Tranquility - which is adjacent to my place. But don't expect too 
much, they are a far cry from the 'lightening bugs' that characterise US summer 
evenings for nature-loving kids of all ages. These are very small, in low 
density, and not really that luminescent.

John Weigel

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