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    Swifts

    Geezuz has anyone tried to photograph Swifts?
    Talk about frign swift!
    I have long admired these birds and today they were taking insects on the wing after the rain over one of the hills at home,cutting over and past me like bullets.
    Dull grey skies with bugger all light and the speed of the birds made it a really tough task to even get them in the frame,out of 27 pics maybe 1/2 doz are just "so so"

    What a missile,streamlined and with that extraordinary wing length makes them super quick.
    These are White -throated Needletails our biggest swifts.






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    Nice pics,

    we only have the one species, the common swift.

    It does not arrive until May then leaves again in September, one of our shortest staying summer migrants.

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    Swifts, house martins and swallows, never managed a decent in flight shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by docholiday View Post
    Swifts, house martins and swallows, never managed a decent in flight shot
    Neither have i doc, its bloody hard to even frame them!

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    got loads of pictures of empty sky though

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    You bet,out of the 27 pics there are a few more that were just ok considering the dull overcast sky,not to mention the spits of rain I was worried about on my camera and lens etc.
    Those birds are so fast and with so little effort and are always a real joy to watch,they combed the hill top sky for ages and ages and any other day i would have stayed right there with them in trying to obtain "the pic"
    I watched another species years ago flying over hills and they were even faster.

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