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 Post subject: Swallow, White-throated
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:40 am 
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White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)

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Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:50 am 
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Saw one on Saturday. In the sun the blue on its back and wings was just shimmering.

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Location: In the Place Of Gold...
Habitat: Usully solitary or in pairs, sometimes in family groups. Flight quick and agile, similar to that of Eurasion Swallows. Often hawks prey over water and open grasslands. Perches on posts or stumps in water.

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Breeding: These swallows migrate to South Africa to breed from August to March with a double brood.
Eggs: White, speckled with red-brown and some grey measuring 20,1x14,2.
Incubation: 15-16 days.
Nestling: 20-21 days fed by both parents. Fledgings return to nest for about 12 days after initial departure.
Nest: Half-cup of mud ppellets mixed with grass, lined with feathers and rootlets. Nest is stuck to a bridge, culvert, dam wall, rock face and silo (usually close to a overhang or roof). Same site used year after year.

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This is the same 'residential couple' as from the previous post. Their nest is now complete and is hanging from the bottom of the hide.
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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Seen along Darling Hills Road (a great spot for birding!) in October 2007.

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Seen building their nest in the Seeberg hide at WCNP

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White-throated Swallow, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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What a gorgeous little bird and photograph! :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Typical, perched on a stick over water.
Pilanesberg, Sunday 26th Feb

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Adult

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Juvenile

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Juvenile begging

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Being fed

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Did You Know? :hmz:
The origin of the name Swallow is from the Old English swalwe or swealwe, a name given to birds with long, pointed wings that caught and ate their food in the air.

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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Did You Know? :hmz:
Flocks of swallows can often be seen flying rapidly in sweeping dives as they attempt to catch the proliferation of swarming insects, such as termite alates that are prevalent before or after summer storms.

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 Post subject: Re: Swallow, White-throated
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White-Throated Swallow photographed at Kgomo Kgomo bridge Image


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