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Wire-tailed Swallow

Wire-tailed Swallow
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Copyright: Christie Viljoen (LudaSA87) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 16] (63)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-22 2:30
Viewed: 3374
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.

Wire-tailed Swallows are fast flyers and they generally feed on insects, especially flies, while airborne. They are typically seen low over water, with which they are more closely associated than most swallows.

This species gets its name from the very long filamentous outermost tail feathers, which trail behind like two wires. Sexes manifest similar appearances, but the female has shorter "wires". Juveniles have a brown crown, back and tail.

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Lovely simple image of this beautiful Lesser Swallow, Christie! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Nice picture, great colors.

hello Christie
WOW ! what a beautiful swallow, i love the colors of his plumage, and you have capture dit with crisp clear details, congratulations for this superb shot !!
Have a good night

Hi Christie,
This ID is incorrect.

This can be neither of the "striped" swallows (neither cucullata, nor abyssinica), for a number of reasons: this bird has a blue rump, not rufous; this bird has a blackish mask; this bird has no ventral streaks.

So, what is it? Well, first we must notice that it is a young bird fide the remnants of downy feathers dorsally, and the shortness of the still growing in rectrices (i.e., the tail feathers). Blue rump; dark mask; brown-chestnut cap; totally white ventrally including the throat.

This is an immature Hirundo smithii (Wire-tailed Swallow), and it is too young to have acquired the typically long lateral tail streamers of the adult birds.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2011-01-06 17:13]

Hi Christie

I like this image of the immature Wire-tailed Swallow - Hirundo smithii which Steve
(cuckooroller) has correctly identified for you. As a bird enthusiast Steve is extremely
helpful on this site and he is highly knowledgeable on our winged friends, so if he
says it is so you can be darn sure it is so. Remember, you can edit your posting and
it would be nice if you update your title and notes to reflect the correct species.

The near diagonal line caused by the bridge neatly cuts the image in half with the
priced catch sitting snugly in the centre. Placing the subject right in the centre of an
image mostly doesn't work too well (visually) in photograph, but I think in this image
it worked rather well. Colour rendition and level of details captured are well done.

Good work and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

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