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Pallid Swift in Suffolk - Breaking news from RBA (1.35pm 11 Nov)

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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 13:43   #1
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RBA Icon Pallid Swift in Suffolk - Breaking news from RBA (1.35pm 11 Nov)

Breaking news from Rare Bird Alert: Pallid Swift in Suffolk.

BBRC and IRBC stats from RBA's Previous Records Online:

There are 96 accepted records of Pallid Swift in Britain and 4 in Ireland.
The most recent published record for Suffolk was in 2010

RBA's Previous Records (new) has all the records and a wealth of stats and analysis for this and other rarities recorded in Britain and Ireland


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Old Sunday 11th November 2018, 21:17   #2
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Hi,

I am assuming that the bird shown in the RBA gallery is meant to be this bird - see http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealD...SpeciesID=7960. However, unless there is some serious photographic effect going on surely this is a juvenile Common Swift. It appears to have bright white leading edge to the wings and crisp white fringes to the wing-coverts, although the head pattern is interesting and suggests Pallid. Maybe strong sunlight has caused these effects, but I would be interested to hear what other people think.

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Hi,

I am assuming that the bird shown in the RBA gallery is meant to be this bird - see http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/RealD...SpeciesID=7960. However, unless there is some serious photographic effect going on surely this is a juvenile Common Swift. It appears to have bright white leading edge to the wings and crisp white fringes to the wing-coverts, although the head pattern is interesting and suggests Pallid. Maybe strong sunlight has caused these effects, but I would be interested to hear what other people think.

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Another photo I've seen (taken by a mutual friend domiciled in Suffolk) shows rather different colour qualities. I think perhaps the RBA pic has the contrast whacked up a bit.

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Another photo I've seen (taken by a mutual friend domiciled in Suffolk) shows rather different colour qualities. I think perhaps the RBA pic has the contrast whacked up a bit.

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Thanks John, that is helpful. I did wonder.

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Link to some photos on Twitter from today - Pallid Swift at Thorpeness One of the two birds was caught by a Sparrowhawk.

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Link to some photos on Twitter from today - Pallid Swift at Thorpeness One of the two birds was caught by a Sparrowhawk.

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Great, thank you. That is much more like it

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Here's a pic.

No doubt one was darker than the other, but they never looked like Common Swift in the field.

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Here's a pic.

No doubt one was darker than the other, but they never looked like Common Swift in the field.

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....An excellent shot! I find they're more obvious in the sky.
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Here's a pic.

No doubt one was darker than the other, but they never looked like Common Swift in the field.

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Thanks Brian, I saw your photos and those of David Walsh on the Twitter feed that GiG kindly supplied the link to. The photo on the RBA gallery certainly proves how a single photo can mislead, well it did me anyway

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Thanks Brian, I saw your photos and those of David Walsh on the Twitter feed that GiG kindly supplied the link to. The photo on the RBA gallery certainly proves how a single photo can mislead, well it did me anyway

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I saw from some previous threads that the width of the gape was diagnostic for Pallid Swift (compared with Common at any rate.)
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