Swifts and Swallows are often mistakenly considered to be closely related. Although they share similar habits, they are representatives of two distinct families. Swifts share a family with the swiftlets, while swallows are grouped with the martins.
To get started on the addictive hobby of birding (or birdwatching), all that you need is a pair of binoculars (or a scope), a pocket bird guide, a notebook and an idea of where to go to try and see what you want. This post will give you a quick introduction on the majority of what you will need which, when coupled with “A Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia” (by the Author), should have be well-prepared.