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Black Swift part ii (1 Viewer)

Nickk

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These photos were taking at a different time than the others I posted earlier that seem to be of a White-throated Swift. I increased brightness to the maximum on one of these (attached) and I don't see any white on the throat. Is the shape good for Black Swift and can they be safely IDed as such? Photos taken in June at Yosemite Valley, California
 

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Agree with Butty. Shape is also really difficult to judge (though I feel it is promising). However, I think you overlooked that we did feel both species were present among the set in the previous thread.

Niels
 

Nickk

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Agree with Butty. Shape is also really difficult to judge (though I feel it is promising). However, I think you overlooked that we did feel both species were present among the set in the previous thread.

Niels
Niels,

Black Swift would be a lifer for me so I want to be sure of the ID. I went back and found images of one of the 2 swifts that are in focus and changed the brightness level and you can see some white but at then again the wings are washed out at that level so I am not sure what to say...
 

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rkj

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Niels,

Black Swift would be a lifer for me so I want to be sure of the ID. I went back and found images of one of the 2 swifts that are in focus and changed the brightness level and you can see some white but at then again the wings are washed out at that level so I am not sure what to say...
Say you do not have enough evidence to confirm it. Gives you an excuse to go back to Yosemite.
 

Butty

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Is your pic 4 in the last batch the same composite image that you posted in your other thread? I'm confused. Anyway, everything in that is clearly white-throated swift except for the ones labelled 3 which are unidentifiable. Many birds one sees are unidentifiable - perfectly normal.
 

Nickk

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Is your pic 4 in the last batch the same composite image that you posted in your other thread? I'm confused. Anyway, everything in that is clearly white-throated swift except for the ones labelled 3 which are unidentifiable. Many birds one sees are unidentifiable - perfectly normal.
Thanks - I have amassed plenty of UFOs through the years so no worries there
 
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