whitethroated needletails

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Subject: whitethroated needletails
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 14:23:19 +1100
There was a rather loose flock containing about 50-60 WTNTs above Ironbark Basin and the road to Point Addis, a little west of Torquay, Vic last Sunday Feb 12. I watched the birds for almost half an hour, from about 4.50 to around 5.15pm. They didn't seem to be moving away, and sometimes dozens of birds could be seen, and at others it was hard to find even one. They were flying fast and low over the forest canopy and often at eye level near the road - I'd forgotten how fast these birds move!

Russell Woodford

On 14/02/2006, at 11:58 AM, Dam Lamb wrote:

Needletails continue to appear on the Blackall Range. Approx. 150 seen yesterday from car over a 7km stretch of road from 2km S of Montville, through Montville, and onto Flaxton. This road traverses the eastern edge of the range (overlooking the Sunshine Coast) and also can produce good raptor sightings, though none seen yesterday. Birds were observed from 0620 to 0630, in small flocks of no more than 30, with min. distance between flocks of 500 metres, and max. distance of 2km. Some single birds seen.All were relatively low (about 50-100m above road).

Russ Lamb, Maleny, SEQ

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