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Subject: Swifts
From: "Lynn" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 07:29:57 +1100
Hi all
I saw my first White throated Needletails(about 15) for the season on Monday 27/10/03 at around 4.45 P.M. I was at Jerusalem Creek in the Barrington Tops National Park about 20 kms north of Dungog, NSW. At the time I was viewing a male Paradise Riflebird probing around under the bark high up in a Eucalypt tree, when the Needletails caught my eye overhead. I had been watching him for about 15 minutes as he moved from tree to tree acting like a giant Treecreeper. Sometimes feeding low but more often high. This seems to be a reliable spot for this species as there are not many times I visit Jerusalem Creek and miss at least one of these fabulous birds. The skies were clear so the sun shining off the black and iridescent green feathers was a spectacular sight. 
The Lyrebirds were in good voice, as were Golden Whistlers and Black-faced Monarchs. The obligatory Brown Gerygones were common. I moved on to Problem Creek about 15 minutes up the road and recorded Wonga Pigeon, 2 Superb Lyrebirds on the road on the way. Arriving at the Frying Pan Creek Camping area where Problem Creek walk starts I viewed many Satin Bowerbirds , Crimson Rosellas and Red-browed Finches feeding on the grass.  A Rose Robin called from the creek line.As it was getting near dusk I only managed a quick walk but managed to get good views of an adult female and an immature male Logrunner.
The afternoon was slightly screwed up at the end by having to stop and change a flat tyre. ( Culprit was a small screw)
Dick Jenkin  
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