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Swallow, Red-breasted

Unread postby elpaco » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:06 pm

seen this one on the H4-1 at about 9:00 am, early morning also
16 aug 07

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:07 pm

I have another one

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around Berg-en-Dale, 17.11.09
I think of Red-breasted Swallow
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Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:36 pm

Anne-Marie,

:thumbs_up: Red-breasted Swallow.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:52 pm

thank you very much :D
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:27 pm

Red Breasted Swallow........or not? Look at the top one's beak? I took the photo a few weeks ago in a North West Park. It is not a very clear photo as the birds were quite far, and I only saw the "funny" face afterwards.


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:27 am

Hi Vlakarkvrou,

Bearing in mind where you took the pic, there is no other Swallow other than Red-breasted to go for :thumbs_up:

Looks like the top one is either very hungry, very tired, or in full song :lol:

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Re: Swallow, Red-breasted

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:23 pm

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Initially I thought I was looking at a mosque swallow until I got to the "darkroom" and saw the guineafowl feather the bird was using as a disguise! All fell into place! :roll: The pair was patiently flying around overhead waiting for me to vacate the spot I occupied on the road. It was above a small culvert where they were nesting and the feather was meant to serve as lining material.

Red-breasted swallows can be distinguished from mosque swallows by the slightly longer tail streamers, red throat and the dark crown that extends to below the eye. These birds feed on insects caught in the air. Their flight is slow and buoyant, often allowing a photographer great shots on the wing.

The monogamous Hirundo semirufa may frequently be found nesting in surprisingly small pipe culverts, returning to the same nest site year after year. The nesting birds roost in the nest at night. At the end of the breeding season the nest becomes a little crowded with the parents, the first brood of fledglings together with a second brood of naked young all roosting together.

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Re: Swallow, Red-breasted

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