WTNT at O'Reilly's 10 Nov (Mike Tarburton)

Subject: WTNT at O'Reilly's 10 Nov (Mike Tarburton)
From: Steve Johnson via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 06:10:16 +0000 (UTC)

Apologies for three confusing issues I see now, with my earlier post.  First, my computer is not on the correct time.  I sent out the email below at 3:04 PM Eastern Standard Time in Queensland.

Second, I am visiting from the States - truth in advertising about "where I'm coming from", so to speak.  Finally, for the record this was in Lamington National Park south of Brisbane.  (Although I realize most of you already knew that.)


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Sent: Sun, Nov 10, 2019 15:04 pm
Subject: WTNT at O'Reilly's 10 Nov (Mike Tarburton)

Hello birders, 

For whoever is keeping track of WTNT, we observed about 10-12 today (just now) at O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort.  The details are captured in eBird checklist at this link.

We studied them carefully to eliminate similar Fork-tailed and House Swift.  If there is any other very large, long-winged swift species we should consider, please let me know, as we are utterly unfamiliar with WTNT.

The "giss" for us was a swift much larger, and more soaring flight style, than any we've ever seen in the States.  Field marks described in the checklist are consistent with WTNT and eliminate Fork-tailed.

Steve Johnson

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