Wes Tolhurst <>
Swifts Nth NSW??
Michael Tarburton <>
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:01:26 +1100
yes Christine is correct, when watching Fork-tailed Swifts you see a
pointed tail much more often than a forked tail. The forked tail
does separate it from WTNT and Australian Swiftlets however.
One complication at this time of the year if you are looking for
forked tails, is that the outer rectrices may be moulting and the
tail might look only slightly indented rather than forked - even when
it is spread.
I am still collating FTS, WTNT & Swiftlet sightings so am happy to
receive any sightings that you have. Please send them directly - off
Happy swift watching
Prof Mike Tarburton
On 19/11/2014, at 12:09 PM, Wes Tolhurst wrote:
I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and
counted around 50 swifts/swiftlets. Only once did I see what
appeared to be a forked tail and then only for a moment. They were
definitely not white throated needle-tails… much smaller,
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