unidentified swift NSW south coast

To: "Baus" <>
Subject: unidentified swift NSW south coast
From: "Graham Turner" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 11:17:04 +1100
G'day birders, last week while holidaying at Culburra (NSW south coast, east of 
Nowra) I saw some swifts that I couldn't identify. When I first saw then I 
thought they must have been fork-tails as they were quite slim looking birds, 
but when I got the binoculars onto them they didn't have they deeply forked 
tail that I was expecting to see, it was much more martin like. Later 
observations made me realise it was the rump that was white, not the vent.

I am really stumped as to what they were. David Stowe's report of swifts 
without forking in the tail sounds similar to what I saw. Is there a good web 
site or reference for the ID of these beasties.

And I would urge birders from Sydney north to keep an eye our for swifts at the 
moment there could be some oddities amongst them (I say Sydney north as they 
birds I was watching on the south coast did like a compass before the southerly 
change on saturday, they headed north)

Graham Turner

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