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 Post subject: Swift:little
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:20 pm 
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Little Swift (Apus Affinis)


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This bird is a smallish bird in flight and has a little bit of white on the flanks. It also has a Square tail.


Habitat

This is a common species often seen around cities and buildings, and will also be seen in groups in flight.

Nesting

It is a colonial nester and builds nest on buildings, bridges etc.


Status

Common resident

Call

a soft or high pitched screech

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 Post subject: Swift: Little
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Little Swift
Apus Affinis

Status: Common resident, with partial migrating populations that are absent in mid-winter.

Habitat: It forages in the air over all vegetation types, but there is a preference for more open grasslands and the Karoo, except high altitude alpine grasslands.

Nesting: It often builds its nets in large colonies, under dry overhangs. Naturally on cliff faces, but now more frequently on human constructions such as bridges, water towers and silos.

Breeding: Egg laying takes place between September and April.

Relationships with other species: It freely joins mixed species of foraging flocks of swifts and some times swallows. Complimentary with Horus Swift at higher elevations in the Drakensberg.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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We have literally hundreds of them in the air above Vanderbijlpark. Especially after rains when the flying ants come out. Quite a sight. I've noticed them flying here with White Rumped Swifts mostly. The WRS fly way lower than LS though.


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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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GP also watch out for Horus Swifts. I gave WTM the tip a while ago of watching swifts when a thunder storm is approaching, as they love to "ride" the front of the storm.

He got his Horus Swift at BnD a few weekends ago by doing this!


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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Busy watching some of these guys as we(I) speak(type) :D They always here with Palm and White-Rumped Swifts!!!

As for the Horus, I must get Marievale sometime again!!! or BnD!! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Imax wrote:
GP also watch out for Horus Swifts. I gave WTM the tip a while ago of watching swifts when a thunder storm is approaching, as they love to "ride" the front of the storm.


Will do! We had two severe storms two days in a row and did comment that there were even more than usual. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Imax, jou doring! 8) / Imax, you beauty! We just had a huge downpour and the swifts are out in full force. Watched through binoculars. 3 kinds - Little / White Rumped and yes, Horus swifts! Knowing they may be there made the forked instead of square tail obvious. I always took them all for Little Swifts.


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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Congrats GP!! :dance: :dance:

I must keep a look out for Horus!! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Thanks RJ! 8) Look carefully. With the naked eye you won't see the difference. They look exactly the same but for the slight fork in the tail. With binos and watching a while it becomes obvious.


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I think i should start charging for that tip! :twisted:

Well done! :clap: :dance:

What I forgot to say in the previous post was that usually they fly at very high altitudes, but the storms force them down, that why you get to see them.

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:lol: Will do, Imax.


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 Post subject: Re: Little Swift
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Another few shots of little swifts. These were easier than the previous one as we were standing on a bridge with them flying below us.

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 Post subject: Re: Swift: Little
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Not very easy birds to photograph! :evil:

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