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Alpine swift or swallow? Baltic Coast, NW Poland 25.10.2020 (1 Viewer)

Ryszard

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Hi

Sorry for the poor photos. I saw the bird from a distance and against the Sun, which is why there is such discepancy in size assessment.
 

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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Not a swift, looks structurally wrong. But plenty of other things it could be! I fear one to leave as a UFO 3:)
 

Jos Stratford

Beast from the East
Photo 2 vaguely reminiscent of a pratincole, photo 4 with some imagination could be a sandgrouse, other photos could be whatever you fancy them to be :) I think it is safe to say that an identity is going to be difficult to ascertain on these photos.
 

Ryszard

Well-known member
Thanks a lot Jos!!!
I know that the pictures are massacred, but I was hoping that you could say something about this bird in shape like you did. I feel that it could be a mega bird. An hour before taking these pictures I photographed Apus pallidus. In case of acceptance it will be the 5th statement in Poland. I will add that the first statement is also mine;)
 

RafaelMatias

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Portugal
I'd rule out a swift, especially Alpine, from those photos, in particular photo #4, which is suggestive of (Barn) swallow to me.
 

Andy Adcock

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England
Photo 2 vaguely reminiscent of a pratincole, photo 4 with some imagination could be a sandgrouse, other photos could be whatever you fancy them to be :) I think it is safe to say that an identity is going to be difficult to ascertain on these photos.

Exactly my thought but photos like this are simply not ID'able.
 
Exactly my thought but photos like this are simply not ID'able.

my thought too! as to pic 4 I am almost sure it is a flying manta ray:king:
still agree with Ryszard that it is always worth trying to find help on BF
 

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Ryszard

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Barn swallow-bingo!!
I think it could be this bird. You can see on some pictures a black collar on the neck.

Thanks again
 

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Europe
In the photo from post number 2 you can see a dark collar on the neck.

It looks like it could be a Ringed Plover to me (and probably more likely than some of the suggestions would be on the Baltic coast at the end of October!) but as everyone (with very diverse suggestions!) concludes, very unidentifiable !
 
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dantheman

Bah humbug
I'm going for Temminck's Horned Lark in post #2 image. That or one of the Manta Rays from the other pics head-on.
 

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