WTNT at Violet Town

To: "birding-aus" <>, "Mike Tarburton" <>
Subject: WTNT at Violet Town
From: Barry McLean <>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 05 11:23:05 +1100
Hi all,

While scanning for raptors above the hill (with the communications 
towers) adjoining our property near Violet Town I discovered a small 
number of what appeared to be Needletails, which were invisible without 
binoculars.  They were surfing in the easterly wind and as I was to the 
west they were only coming in to view above the crest for a few seconds 
at a time. Since I wanted to be certain of the ID and to see if there was 
a 'mob' or just a few, I ran (actually trudged as fast as I could) up the 
hill to the crest.  This took about 20 minutes but I had several good 
clear views on the way before  I got to the top about 7.55pm AEDT, in 
time to watch the last couple of birds for 30sec or so before they 
disappeared. There were a minimum of 6 birds but could have been many 

In contrast to the WTNTs I reported seeing recently at Rushworth, which 
were fluttering quite slowly above the treetops, these birds were moving 
fast with typical Swift flight.


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