Close encounter with Fork-tailed Swift

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Subject: Close encounter with Fork-tailed Swift
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 09:30:35 +1100
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.
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