Identification Help Sought

Subject: Identification Help Sought
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 12:44:01 +1100
On Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 11:37:00AM +1100, Jerry Bishop wrote:
> The son of a friend took the following photo recently at Lake Tuggeranong.
> What has got me going are the buff flanks extending down to the bars in the
> undertail coverts.  The only reference that I have which illustrates a
> Swallow with barred undertail coverts is in Michael Morecombe's Field Guide
> to the Birds of Australia, 2000 - Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica).

At first glance, the tail looks too long for Pacific Swallow;
it reminds me of some swallows I saw in FNQ while looking for
Barn Swallows, which I think we decided were younger birds.

This BARC submission gives a lot of detail about the difficulties
in identifying Pacific Swallows:

> If I am right in my identification it might be a first for the ACT.  What do
> others think?

Pacific Swallow is only on the supplementary list in Christidis
and Boles 2008; I don't have my copy here to find out why that
is the case, but from memory there hasn't been a successful
BARC submission as yet.
   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.

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