spine tailed swifts

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Subject: spine tailed swifts
From: "Sharon Rusk" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 19:00:06 +1000
This evening while watching a couple of  W T Eagles soaring over a hill a couple of klms away. A bird flew across my line of sight at a massive rate of knots, I immediately knew it was a Hobby, thinking that any-one less skilled would have thought it was a large swift. Feeling somewhat superior with my instant recognition, I followed its supersonic flight until it zoomed skywards to join another and another and another. Having never ever seen a flock of Hobbies I quickly re-assessed my first I.D., thankful that no-one was with me. These are the first  SpineTailed Swifts I have seen down here in Tass in 2 yrs, another magic moment. They were heading North towards Canberra, but if you are reading this more than an hour after I've sent it don't bother even looking. The speed they were traveling at they would have crossed over 10 mins ago, you should hear the boom in 5mins.
Bob Rusk
PS  Has any study been done on the distance they travel in 24hrs?
PSS  Ha Haa Richard Allen didn't see these first, but knowing Richard he probably seen them heading down here!.
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