Swift Sightings

To: "Mike Tarburton" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Swift Sightings
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 12:33:21 GMT
Gooday all,
Friday 23 March 2001, 17.15 Muralug Village, Prince of Wales Is. 
Torres Strait. Qld. 
40+ White throated Needletails
2 Fork-tailed Swifts
1 Swiftlet sni

Someone please share the secret of identifying Collocalia species?
While observing the above flock a small swiftlet appeared. All that I 
managed to pick up was the pale underparts of the breast and belly 
with the remainder of the underparts being a sooty grey. The brief 
sightings through the canopy of the trees (desperately searching for 
a nice clearing, no such luck!)were that. A flash of a bird with 
little time to target and focus.
I have no trouble with White rumped Swiftlets over canefields but I'm 
blowed if I can achieve a good description of these speedsters in 
open forest.
I'm leaning towards Glossy Swiftlet but as stated previously, due to 
the lack of a good clear sighting I will be recording the details as 
sni (species not identified)  

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