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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aerial display over Port Douglas

Legless, or nearly so?

This is a photo of a White throated Needletail taken by Wonga Beach identity David Cook. WTNT's are large swifts that migrate from their northern hemisphere breeding grounds to places like Australia in our summer where they are probably quite common. They rarely land and as a consequence of this they have small weak feet and legs - hence the term "legless".
On Sunday morning they were zooming over Port Douglas and Island Point in their hundreds. It is a light buzzing sound that will let you know that they are around.

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