Fork-tailed Swifts over Kambah

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Subject: Fork-tailed Swifts over Kambah
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 23:51:01 +1100
I have been watching the sky every 30 minutes or so on the last few afternoons from home at Kambah. Have had three days with quick views of White-throated Needletails (including one today at about 4 p.m.). I went out at about 8.00 p.m. today and saw some very high dots. I sure am glad I upgraded to Leica binoculars. There were about 20 (very hard to count) Fork-tailed Swifts over my house (not just over, they were at considerable altitude, just barely visible). Compared to White-throated Needletails, show as slim shape, narrow wings, all dark and very long thin tail except when spread to a deep fork shape, more fluttery flight style. I was quite impressed, I think I've only seen them about 4 times before. I watched for at least 5 minutes. Took a break to rest my neck for a while then couldn't find them again. They were travelling sort of from Tuggeranong towards Mt Taylor way. Perhaps the same flock as Richard reported.
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