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Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:08 pm

Caught this chap in Kruger about 3 weeks ago as he and his friends were starting to assemble before they started to make their way north.

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Unread post by Micetta » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:42 pm

Cannot be the ones I saw yesterday :lol:

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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:57 pm

Be interesting to know how long it takes for them to fly from Kruger to wherever they go 8)
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Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:20 pm

Well Db we saw a few here, Milan/Italy, on Easter day.
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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:28 pm

Not long actually.
The average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen European Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or just under 40 kilometers an hour.
So in about 10 days they could be here, if flying non-stop, which they don't.

However, being on the receiving end of the track, I'll give a heads-up when I see the first ones.
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Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:32 pm

Remember something about them flying with very few stopovers and at night and following the stars.
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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by Micetta » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:36 pm

European swallows spend the winter in Africa south of the Sahara, in Arabia and in the Indian sub-continent.

British swallows spend their winter in South Africa: they travel through western France, across the Pyrenees, down eastern Spain into Morocco, and across the Sahara. Some birds follow the west coast of Africa avoiding the Sahara, and other European swallows travel further east and down the Nile Valley. Swallows put on little weight before migrating.

They migrate by day at low altitudes and find food on the way. Despite accumulating some fat reserves before crossing large areas such as the Sahara Desert, they are vulnerable to starvation during these crossings. Migration is a hazardous time and many birds die from starvation, exhaustion and in storms.

Migrating swallows cover 200 miles a day, mainly during daylight, at speeds of 17-22 miles per hour. The maximum flight speed is 35 mph.

In their wintering areas swallows feed in small flocks, which join together to form roosting flocks of thousands of birds. Swallows arrive in the UK in April and May, returning to their wintering grounds in September and October.

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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:39 pm

Wow, thanks Micetta!! I was convinced they flew at night!!! must be mistaken with other birds. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by Micetta » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:48 pm

:thumbs_up: Don't believe all they write, one never knows :twisted:

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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:01 pm

Update from the field: they have arrived.
Last sunday there were none in my area, now I see plenty. Summer has arrived 8)!
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Re: Barn/European Swallow

Unread post by granjan » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:56 pm

Just taken this pic in my garden. The young swallows are zooming around practising already for their long flight back to South Africa.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:19 am

Help please............seen on S114 in KNP recently.
Sorry the photo is not very good!!


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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by davejenny » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:38 am

Crested Val, they look like European (Barn) Swallows to me - congregating before flying back to Europe for the European summer.

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