Black-necked Storks and Sp.tailed Swifts

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Subject: Black-necked Storks and Sp.tailed Swifts
From: "Penny Drake-Brockman" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 22:29:08 +1100
Dear B-aussers and Mike
Have just spent a couple of days in the Hannam Vale/Laurieton area - to see Lord of the Rings Part III (amazing film, liked the eagles) and other things. But yesterday taking a long way back to Hannam Vale, we found a pair of Black-necked Storks in the Lorne Valley, 14.1.04 4.35 pm, at 31 39 10 / 152 38 18, which is about 10 km west of Kew and the Pacific Highway.
Today 15.1.04 went back to check the GPS reading as didn't have it with me yesterday and the birds had flown (what a surprise!), but passing through a dairy farm in a valley along Jerusalem Road, Lorne, at 10.30 am, suddenly found myself faced with Spine-tailed Swifts at eye level! They were swooping around an isolated tree, often very close to the ground, and then up high into the air, about 50 or so, but after about 8 minutes watching and trying to count them, suddenly they were off up high and gone, and I was left looking at Tree Martins. GPS reading was 31 43 10 / 152 38 05. It was completely overcast, not raining, light wind, after a rainy night.
Channel-billed Cuckoos were about too, which is always nice to watch.
Happy birding everyone.
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