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Swallow, South African Cliff

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Swallow, South African Cliff

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:10 pm

South African Cliff Swallow, Hirundo spilodera

Being at the right place at the right moment... I got a really interesting sequence of an adult South African Cliff Swallow feeding a fledgeling.

Pic 1: The fledgeling gets all excited as it hears the parent approaching...

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Pic 2: A mouthful of nomnoms!

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Pic 3: ..."MORE! MORE!"...

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Pic 4: Parent working hard to get the next load...

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The highly gregarious SA cliff swallows are the only swallow in the region with a square tail. They are breeders endemic to South Africa, becoming around ten years old. They roost in communal nests built on the undersides of bridges. Both parents provide to the chick.

They feed on a variety of insects, including flightless insects collected off the ground.
Last edited by Johan van Rensburg on Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:41 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:06 pm

Was the sequence taken near Suikerbosrand, where we saw them Joh?
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:51 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:Was the sequence taken near Suikerbosrand, where we saw them Joh?


:lol: Nah, BB. These are with my new Canon camera, taken this past weekend at Seekoeivlei.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:58 pm

Where is Seekoeivlei (apart from neat Strandfontein on the Cape Flats), Joh?
Sounds like another place you can take me to next time I am up in Gauties. :wink:
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