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Greater Striped Swallow

Greater Striped Swallow
著作權:Steve Coetzee (SteveCoetzee) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 66] (863)
Exposure:f/5.1, 1/125 seconds
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提交日期:2012-12-23 1:35
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I was walking in a path when the male and female perched next to me on a dry aloe.
It all happened so fast and I just managed two or three photos before they flew away. I only then discovered that my camera setting was still set on candle light from the previous evening.
Thereby the over exposure on the white parts.
I place the photo, because I still liked it as the birds was so near and beautiful to see.
Hope that you will also enjoy it.
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The Greater Striped Swallow (Cecropis cucullata) is a large swallow. It breeds in southern Africa, mainly in South Africa, Namibia and southern Zimbabwe. It is migratory wintering further north in Angola, Tanzania and southern Zaire.
This is a bird of dry open country, such as grassland, and has a preference for hills and mountains. It avoids more wooded areas, but is often found around human habitation.
The Greater Striped Swallow builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a tubular entrance on the underside of a suitable structure. The nest has a soft lining, and is often reused in later years. The nest may be built in a cave or under a rock overhang or fallen tree. This species has benefited from its willingness to use buildings, bridges, culverts and similar man-made structures. Given the choice, it will select a high nest site.
The eggs are glossy white with a few brown spots; three eggs is a typical clutch. Incubation is by the female alone for 1720 days to hatching. Both parents then feed the chicks. Fledging takes another 2330 days, but the young birds will return to the nest to roost for a few days after the first flight.
The Greater Striped Swallow is 1820 cm long. It has dark blue blue upperparts with a pale orange rump and a chestnut crown, nape and sides of the head. The underparts and underwing coverts are creamy white with dark streaking, and the upper wings and underwing flight feathers are blackish-brown. The blackish tail has very long outer feathers; these are slightly longer in the male than the female. Juveniles are duller and browner, with less contrast and shorter outer tail feathers. The flight is slow and buoyant, and the call is a twittering chissick.
This species can be distinguished from the smaller Lesser Striped Swallow, Hirundo abyssinica, in that the latter species has heavier and darker underparts striping, a deeper red rump, and a brighter head colour. Lesser also prefers less open habitats.
Greater Striped Swallow is common, unafraid of humans, and has benefited from the availability of nest sites around habitation. It feeds mainly on flying insects, but has been known to eat small fruits.

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Hi Steve,a bit overexposed on the white plumage,but a very good capture whit excellent details and colors,very nice pose too.Have a nice Christmas you too and your family! Luciano.

Hi Steve
I fully agree that despite the burned out breast this is still a great pic

Hallo Steve
This is a beautiful image of a most beautiful bird and although the sunlight in your image is a bit harsh, I still like it a lot. What I also really like besides the lovely bird is the clarity of the spider webthreads that is so well seen. Thanks for sharing and I want to use this oppertunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and may you receive all you hope for. Best regards.

Hello Steve
Excellent capture of this swallow.Great POV and composition.The over exposure already mentioned but wonderful colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Merry Christmas

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