0700 hours, last Saturday, I was standing in a backyard in Gurwood
Street, Wagga Wagga, four blocks west of the main drag. Suddenly, a lone
Fork-tailed Swift came loafing by, undulating along three metres above the
ground, five metres from where I stood.
During the ensuing five minutes, as I stood still, the swift returned
every 60 seconds or so, maintaining the same speed and height, but, at times,
passing within two metres of where I stood. Seemed like I could have
reached out and snatched it from the air, but I probably would not have been
swift enough. Then it came no more.
Such a close-up encounter with this wild, far-ranging creature was bird
highlight of the month.
John K. Layton.