Swift Parrots

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Subject: Swift Parrots
From: "John & Clare Kooistra" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:16:34 +1100
Thanks again to all those who replied to my recent RFI. After checking out
the sites suggested around Hobart the other day without success, my brother
and I went to Bruny Island yesterday. Went to all the sites on South Bruny
where Swifties had been seen recently and after 5 hours of searching in
mostly howling winds, lucked upon a small flock hurtling into the scrub
behind the small beach at the end of Adventure Bay Rd. I gave chase into
what looked like the grounds of a closed  resort (we saw the sign near the
car park beforehand)  and flushed a parrot from the ground into the branches
of a low growing willow like tree covered in white blooms. Sitting there at
eye level and staring straight back, an adult Swift Parrot. Little ripper!
After eyeing me off for about 10 seconds it moved higher up and while trying
to spot it again through the thick foliage, two Swifties flew out and away.

I hadn't seen these birds for 35 years ( in Victoria) when they were
probably a lot more common. Here's hoping they are still around in another
35 years (although I probably won't be!)  

Cheers and Happy New Year Birding!

John Kooistra  

Ps, I keep a birding blog that some of you may be interested in at:


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