WTNTs up close

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Subject: WTNTs up close
From: Julian Robinson <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 09:06:49 +1100
Yesterday I had a most interesting experience - about noon I saw a WTNT (Needletail) in full flight 3m from my face for an unusually extended period i.e. for a second or two rather than the microsecond you would normally get if one flew past you. We were in a helicopter flying through a group of about 10 of them going in more or less in the same direction so that our forward speed (more or less) matched theirs. Not far from Copppins Crossing Rd, heading north at about 1500'. I didn't take a pic being preoccupied in marvelling at the sight (in fact it was all over in a few seconds). Probably the only time in my life I see a swift in flight clearly.

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