Probable House Swifts, Malanda, North Qld

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Subject: Probable House Swifts, Malanda, North Qld
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:44:50 +1000
Yesterday there were two Swifts with a Flock of about 55 WTNT and 20 Australian 
Swiftlets for which I did not get a positive ID,  but were most likely House 
Swifts. I cannot think what else they could be as the size was intermediate 
between the other two species, on turning the tail was almost rounded and there 
was clearly white on the throat and rump. I saw the two birds one after another 
through the binoculars at about 50 metres and followed one away for over 150 
metres. The view was not good enough for me to be convinced absolutely.

The Aussies were flying high, 80+ m, but the other swifts varied in their 
feeding height above the tea at Nerada, Glen Allen, Malanda. At times the WTNT 
were flying very low and very slowly. So slowly you would almost think that 
they would stall. It would have been great for photography as the light was 
wonderful too.

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