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Pacific Swallow

Pacific Swallow
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED +TC20EII, Nikon 77mm Neutral Color
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 0:54
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pacific Swallow
Hirundo tahitica

Main features:
Small (14cm); wing long; tail barely forked. Genders alike.

Upperparts metallic blue; forehead, throat, upper breast chestnut; lowerparts grey, never white.

Upperparts browner; less chestnut on throat and forehead.

Described as high pitched tweet in alarm; otherwise a cheerful twittering.

In flight:
Dusky underwings and white tail marks.

Similar birds:
House Swift (Apus nepalensis): Flies with rapid shallow flapping interspersed by gliding; wings longer, slender scimitar-shaped; lacks tail streamers.

Barn Swallow (H. rustica): Has a black breast band, whiter underparts. Also tail streamers, but not diagnostic because the Barn may lose its tail streamers during a moult.

Status in Singapore:
Very common resident throughout the island including North and South offshore islands.

World distribution:
South India across the continent to Japan and the Philippines, down Southeast Asia to New Guinea and Tahiti.

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Interesting effect you have in the bluish hues. Sort of high key, but all the details of bird are still there. Nice.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-29 13:38]

Beautiful, Ang! - Looks somewhat surreal - but great nevertheless! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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