Swifts Nth NSW??

To: Wes Tolhurst <>
Subject: Swifts Nth NSW??
From: Chris Melrose <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:58:38 +1100
In my experience Fork-tailed Swifts fly with their tails closed so the tail 
looks pointed, they spread it open when they turn so you see the fork tail 

Christine Melrose

> On 19 Nov 2014, at 12:09, Wes Tolhurst <> wrote:
> I was at the beach at Pottsville, Northern NSW on Sunday and counted around 
> 50 swifts/swiftlets.  Only once did I see what appeared to be a forked tail 
> and then only for a moment.  They were definitely not white throated 
> needle-tails… much smaller, more slender and uniformly grey/black.  They were 
> quite low to the ground over the top of me so I had extended views, though 
> not with binoculars.  Can anyone tell me if forked tailed swifts fly most of 
> the time with their tails no appearing forked???  Anyone else see this or 
> another flock in NNSW???  
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