Working for birds in Africa

White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus, first occurrence in the Malagasy region

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On 4 November 1992 N. D. Hunter and I were birding at Fairview Estate, Mahé, Seychelles. Low cloud cover had brought down many Seychelles Swiftlets Collocalia elaphra and while watching these we suddenly realised that there was more than one species of swift present. Among the Swiftlets was a much larger, chunky swift which, as it came nearer, was clearly a needletail Hirundapus sp. Subsequent prolonged views from various positions and angles established that there were two individuals present. Although they ranged over a considerable area they were often in view simultaneously, and on several occasions flashed past us at very close range. J. Nick Dymond

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