Martin Identification

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Subject: Martin Identification
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 11:35:24 +1000
g'day all,
I would appreciate any clues how to identify Tree M's from Fairy M's when they are on the wing.
I find it virtually impossible to keep my binoc's focused on the head of a flying bird,....and it is often a long time before they land.
I have seen both species flying together. At the sewage ponds when they do rest up they will select different powerlines but out bush they  settle as a mixed group.
At rest,  I have no problem identifying the head markings
Our local birds when flying never look as different as illustrated in the field guides.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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