WTNT & Fork-tailed (Pacific) Swifts, FNQ

hi Mike,
with the relatively cooler air predominating up here along the lowlands of the Cairns region since the 3rd week of Feb 2019, there has been a paucity of needletail and swift records. (this obviously excludes our local Aust Swiftlets). 

the reason I’ve also included this note onto Birding-Aus this time Mike is because I had a good record of WTNT this past week, coinciding with the return of VERY HOT, sunny, still, and extremely humid conditions here since Wednesday.

as I’ve done throughout this summer/wet season for you, I have listed my most recent records of Fork-tailed (Pacific) Swifts and WTNT here…

17/02/19:  1030-1100am.  Fork-t Swifts x 150+  above Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruise office, Lower Daintree, FNQ…
17/02/19:  645pm.  Fork-t Swifts x 2 (minimum)  above Capt Cook Hwy,  Clifton Beach, FNQ…
18/02/19:  700pm.  Fork-t Swifts x 450+  above Capt Cook Hwy, Clifton Beach, FNQ…
all seen hawking from 30mtrs asl to 500mtrs asl in very hot clear sunny still and humid conditions…
then none since…

13/03/19:  0745am.  White-throiated Needletails x 11 (minimum)   Red Cliff Point, just south of Wangetti Beach, between Cairns-Port Douglas, FNQ…
awesomely close views, biurds seen hawking from just above sea level over coastal water to just above clifftop 50mtrs asl, and feeding with them above clifftop were 2 x Dollarbirds..
I noticed a number of large winged queen green tree ants on my windscreen wipers just before the sighting, so I imagine that’s what brought these big birds here!!

the weather pattern has since stayed and therefore I ewould xpect to see more FTS, and hopefully WTNT’s as well in the next few days…

cheers, 

martin cachard

solar whisper wildlife cruises, Lower Daintree, FNQ
& Trinity Beach, Cairns, FNQ

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