Possible Swiftlet near Mittagong, NSW

Subject: Possible Swiftlet near Mittagong, NSW
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 14:34:08 EST10
On Saturday morning at about 11am Lindsay Smith and Roland Satre (I think 
that's it) found what Lindsay thought was a small Swiftlet most probably 
Uniform Swiftlet (Collocalia vanikorensis) near Mittagong, NSW (between 
Canberra and Sydney). They saw the bird from 150 feet away, had good views and 
it was quite low. The bird flew off slowly in a northerly direction but could 
not be refound, that's not to say that it is not still around though.

It was no larger than a swallow and was a uniform sooty grey, not black. The 
size was right for a swiftlet and it was long-winged with a short squarish 
tail. The bird had no white on it and was generally concolourous. Needletails, 
Woodswallows and Welcome Swallows were also present.

Directions; Go down through Mittagong and follow the road to Wombeyan Caves for 
about 20 Kms. There is a sign saying "Nattai National Park" on the right hand 
side of the road. If you reach the tunnel you have gone too far. The birds was 
seen from the vicinity of this sign in the open paddocks and above the trees as 
you come towards the escarpment.

This is all I know and i'll probably go for it at the weekend on the way to 
Wollongong unless there are any other sightings in the nearer future.

Phil Hansbro

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