Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail

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Subject: Some AthertonTablelands rarity news:- House Swift and Wagtail
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:29:14 +1000
This morning at the end of Harper Drive, Yungaburra,there was a grey bird which 
walked like a Motacilla wagtail and flew like a wagtail. It was very plain and 
the bill looked a little long to me. I did not see it wag its tail. the bird 
was first spotted sitting on a small upright twig. It dropped to the ground and 
walked through some weeds to a bare patch of earth where it seemed to capture 
prey. It then flew briefly and landed before flying across to the eastern shore 
at Lakeside. One of the guests made the ID of White Wagtail based on its call 
which he heard a few times, even from across the water.

This afternoon there were 8 WTNT at Nerada Tea Plantation. With them were two 
House Swifts. This time I got really good looks and have been studying their 
features since Sunday. The birds were smaller than the nearby Needle-tails but 
with a similar throat pattern. The rump was a brilliant white saddle. The tail 
was shallowly forked with rounded ends to the forks. With the afternoon sun 
behind me the birds were well lit and looked black and white. They flew towards 
me and turned at about 35 metres.

Other birders have gone for the Wagtail today with no reports of success.

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