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Alpine Swift


Alpine Swift
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Copyright: Gokhan CORAL (armadillo) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 53] (528)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 400 mm F 5.6 L
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-11 1:24
Viewed: 3166
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) syn. (Apus melba) is a small bird, superficially similar to a large Barn Swallow or House Martin. It is, however, completely unrelated to those passerine species, since swifts are in the order Apodiformes. The resemblances between the groups are due to convergent evolution, reflecting similar life styles.

These birds have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces. The scientific name comes from the Ancient Greek απους, apous, meaning "without feet". They never settle voluntarily on the ground.

Alpine Swifts breed in mountains from southern Europe to the Himalaya. Like Common Swifts, they are strongly migratory, and winter much further south in southern Africa. They wander widely on migration, and are regularly seen in much of southern Europe and Asia. The species seems to have been much more widespread during the last ice age, with a large colony breeding for example at Komarowa Cave near Częstochowa, Poland, around 40,000-20,000 years ago (Tomek & Bocheński 2005).

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amazing capture, great to see the bird's face, TFS Ori

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-11 3:34]

Great photo of this Apus melba!

şimdi tam göç zamanı, coşmuştur yine Göksu. bir ah çekmeden olmaz:)
Göksu'nun güzellerinden biriyle hasret giderelim. yine nefis bir çekim yapmışsınız, Gökhan Bey. açısı, netliği, göz teması ve pozlaması ile çok güzel bir kare. elinize sağlık.
iyi geceler, selamlar.

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