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Pacific Swallow


Pacific Swallow
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Copyright: Anne Marie Bokslag (amb1946) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (54)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-26 5:09
Viewed: 2908
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
The Pacific Swallow or Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka across to south east Asia and the islands of the south Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements. This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands.

This species is a small swallow at 13 cm. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts. It differs from Barn Swallow and the closely-related Welcome Swallow in its shorter and less forked tail.

The Pacific Swallow builds a neat cup-shaped nest, constructed with mud pellets collected in the beak, under a cliff ledge or on a man-made structures such as a building, bridge or tunnel. The nest is lined with softer material, and the clutch is two to three eggs, up to four in Sri Lanka. It is similar in behaviour to other aerial insectivores, such as other swallows and the unrelated swifts. It is a fast flyer and feeds on insects, especially flies, while airborne.

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Hello Anne Marie.
I am happy to see this one coming from Malaysia. Nicely perched Pacific swallow with the head turn perched on that stump with very nice focus. Useful notes and good exposure of the plumage. Thanks and kind regards,
Jusni

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