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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-02 9:00
Viewed: 3461
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Swift
from: www.commonswift.org

This bird is special in many ways. It's the last to arrive at its northern breeding grounds and the first to leave. For a bird of its size, it can live a long time, and swifts have to known to live for as long as 21 years. It can survive bad weather by entering what is called torpor, a coma-like condition in which its metabolism slows to almost nothing.

The most amazing thing is the adaptation of the species to flight. The body is the perfect development for flying in the air. The Common Swift does everything in the air, except breeding. It finds its prey there and feeds on the wing. It preens and plays in the air. It sleeps there most of the time in its life. It mates and collects nesting material on the wing. The wings are narrow but long which makes it a rapid and precise hunter of its targets such like flying insects and spiders. From quiet waters it drinks while flying or takes showers when its bill dives and splashes water.

The Common Swift return to the breeding places in their old colony approximately the same time each year, around the 1st of May in central Europe. It is faithful to its breeding place so that the pairs may breed together for many years. When one partner doesn't come back from Africa or dies during its stay, its place will be immediately taken by another bird of the same sex. Swifts lay 2-3 eggs and breed and hatch the chicks together. In these days they fly late until dark, while the non breeders of a colony assemble and fly high in the sky to sleep there on the wing. At the end of July the young will fly out, mostly right after sunset and will never come back to the nest. They need no exercises in flying and after a few moments they practice as well as the adults. Just in time around the 1st of August the parents will leave Central Europe for Africa.

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Hi Tom
I like photo of birds in flight. I dont know why there are no comments here. Great shot, pretty good sharpnes, good composition and informative note

I am waiting for more
Best wishes

WoW. Bet that wasn't easy to get. Good photo of an alŮmost impossible subject.

WOW ! Tom , congrat. to you , very difficult to capture this bird species , your photo is very successful , TFS and good luck.

beautiful!thanks a lot for this!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-26 7:34]

Hi Tom,
a great capture of these fine rockets. It sure ain't easy to get one on film. On birdpix it also an italian photographer who has made some pretty nice shots. See this one
greets, Jacob

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2007-06-27 13:20]

These birds are extremely hard to catch!!


Hi Tom,
Congratulations. Very nice shot for this bird, extremely hard to capture. I also tried many times. I know fallowing bird by camera or eyes very hard. Nice details and composition. TFS
best wishes

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