Unidentified albino? in Sydney CBD

Subject: Unidentified albino? in Sydney CBD
From: (Matthew Taylor)
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 15:24:23 +1000
The recent discussion of CBD peregrines has prompted me to recall a recent
sighting.  Looking out of a 20th floor office block in George St, Sydney I
saw an unusual bird flying directly towards me.  Viewed head-on, the
immediate impression was of a large pure white swift with thin swept back
wings. (Instant thoughts of a first for Australia! - but what?) It was
moving very swiftly and jinking slightly in flight.  As it flashed past and
disappeared, giving a brief side on view, it was obviously bulkier than a
swift with a bigger head - more the outline of a rainbow lorikeet.
Any records of albinos of this species, or suggestions what else it might
have been?

Matthew Taylor

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