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Mexico Hirundine/Swift (1 Viewer)

rylirk

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Just aa cave swallow? Chichen Itza in April 2015
 

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pbjosh

missing the neotropics
Switzerland
Agree it looks more like a swift. A definitive ID would be impossible from this photo.
 

Andy Adcock

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England
Agree it looks more like a swift. A definitive ID would be impossible from this photo.

And Vaux's is also about to be split by the IOC

'Aug 5 Post actual split of Ashy-tailed Swift, Chaetura andrei from Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi.'.
 

njlarsen

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And Vaux's is also about to be split by the IOC

'Aug 5 Post actual split of Ashy-tailed Swift, Chaetura andrei from Vaux’s Swift Chaetura vauxi.'.

Yes, but not relevant for a bird seen in Yucatan as the other species belongs to northern South America

Niels
 

rylirk

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United Kingdom
Indeed, Vaux's is already an armchair tick for me, so the split won't be affecting me ;) Thanks for this!
 

rylirk

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AFAIA Vaux's is the only common swift in the area so I'm perfectly happy to tick this ;) Others' standards may vary
 

rylirk

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My list, my standards ;) 3 people independently thinking probable swift, and I also had suspicions hence why I put up the photo. As I said, your standards may vary! It's not a competition :)
 

THE_FERN

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So it's definitely a swift from that image then :smoke:

FWIW, I'd probably be happy to tick this. I'd have my memories of the bird and the circumstances as well as the photo and together they'd make for highly likely.

(As far as I could see, colour pattern as well as the shape rules out most other things. But "standards" vary—as does eyesight, optical equipment, aural ability etc etc. I try to not only record what I think I've seen but what I saw (what aspects of the bird) and how well / certain I am too. I also record and count things I hear and can recognise...)
 

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
FWIW, I'd probably be happy to tick this. I'd have my memories of the bird and the circumstances as well as the photo and together they'd make for highly likely.

(As far as I could see, colour pattern as well as the shape rules out most other things. But "standards" vary—as does eyesight, optical equipment, aural ability etc etc. I try to not only record what I think I've seen but what I saw (what aspects of the bird) and how well / certain I am too. I also record and count things I hear and can recognise...)

FWIW I can't help but recall that there have been countless threads on here, where a single unclear image has been posted which makes everyone think "yeah, it looks like it's probably this". Then a couple more images appear that show the bird is in fact something rather different.
 

RafaelMatias

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Portugal
FWIW I can't help but recall that there have been countless threads on here, where a single unclear image has been posted which makes everyone think "yeah, it looks like it's probably this". Then a couple more images appear that show the bird is in fact something rather different.
It's been a nice string of posts though! :king:
 

THE_FERN

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FWIW I can't help but recall that there have been countless threads on here, where a single unclear image has been posted which makes everyone think "yeah, it looks like it's probably this". Then a couple more images appear that show the bird is in fact something rather different.

Yes well, "when the facts change, I [try to] change my mind..."
 

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