WT Needletails

Subject: WT Needletails
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 10:11:52 +1100
Like everyone else on Saturday (8/3/03) in the Canberra region I saw 100s
of Needletails in the sky. Numbers follow:

- Googong Dam, NSW (between 1pm and 3 pm)  - c. 60 WT Needletails with many
stragglers later all heading towards Queanbeyan. They were flying so low
that several skimmed by within metres of my head with a loud sound similar
to that of a kite cutting the air and most within 1-2 metres of the ground
cutting through the low acacias. c. 30 circling high overhead over the boat
ramp car park. Despite thorough searching probably no Fork-tailed Swifts
present. Storm clouds far to south over Tinderries. Patchy high cloud over
- Queanbeyan, NSW - 1 WTN
- Kenny Grassland & Wells Station Rd, ACT (c. 5pm) - lost count after 400!
WTN. Continual procession heading southwest across grassland. Most flying
very low that no binoculars were necessary. Dense storm clouds to north.
Several hundred circling low over homestead and trees on Wells Station Rd.
- Gungahlin, ACT (c. 5.30pm) - c. 6 over Magnet Mart store.

Earlier on Saturday in the morning on a hill overlooking Jerrabomberra no
WTN to be seen. The first birds I saw were around 1pm at Googong.



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