Indian spine tailed swift

Subject: Indian spine tailed swift
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 10:40:18 +1000
On this topic I visited friends at Buladelah (NSW north coast) two
weekends ago.  Cruising down the Buladelah River on the 19th we were
passed by several Indian spine tailed swifts.  That evening we were
sitting around a fire at dusk when one of my friends asked what the flock
of  birds was - about 100 high-flying swifts.  As far as I could tell they
were White-throated Needletails too but there may have been Fork-tails
in the mix.  That morning on a run down the Bombah Point Rd, I heard 6
species of frog among thousands calling (heavy rain the day before)

Also visited Alum Mountain park on the outskirts of Buladelah.  Nothing
special for birds when I visited but plenty of obvious epiphytic orchids
and ferns.   It would be a pleasant stop if you are heading up the Pacific
Highway.   Visit soon though, they are moving the highway to go through
the park.  Although the park is not large and just on the outskirts of
Buladelah the park is of significant conservation value.  For example,
it is the type location for the Underground Orchid Rhizanthella slateri.
It and 4 other listed plant species are in the path of the bypass.
Also in its path are Squirrel Glider, Wallum Froglet (C. tinnula) and
what looks good foraging habitat for forest owls.  I cannot see why the
bypass should not run west of the town through farmland and what must
be less important habitat.  The RTA has disregarded conservation values
in its choice of route.

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