House Swift Alert

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Subject: House Swift Alert
From: "Glenn Holmes" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 13:05:03 +1000
On 14/2/00 I saw 2 House Swifts at Oak Beach south of Port Douglas among many Fork-tailed Swifts. 
The base of the coastal range between Cairns and Mossman is good for swifts in the Wet.  Other personal House Swift records here include Wangetti and Trinity Beach.  Records elsewhere include Atherton and Mt Molloy.
Yesterday they were so low overhead that the blackish underparts, compared to the more greyish scaled appearance of FTS, could be seen clearly. 
I find HS usually by prolonged scanning of FTS flocks.  The HS is of course smaller to even the naked eye.  With optical aids the more robust appearance, especially the relatively heavy tail, should be noted.
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