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Swifts in the Sunshine

The Swifts were performing brilliantly today, zooming about over the garden for most of the day. I tortured myself by standing out in the sun for quite a while, attempting to keep up with their speedy aerobatics. In the end the Swifts won by a landslide but these are probably the two best shots from the session.

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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Swift by name and swift by nature... I'm surprised you got such good results with the 'wrong' camera.
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Lovely shots, and quite an achievement.

It is so difficult to keep up with them, never mind grab a focused shot...

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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

One simple question:

How did you do that? - I can ever get them in the viewfinder long enough to get a photo!
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

We have just spent a week at a farm cottage site in Clifton Upon Teme populated by hundreds of swallows and swifts. After more attempts than I'm willing to admit trying to get a shot of one in flight, all I managed to achieve was a blue sky and a stiff neck. Great shots Ron. I would have been very happy with one shot half as good.

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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Many thanks for the comments. I have to admit I got many, many shots of birdless, clear blue sky. The Swifts were coming tantalisingly close at times, skimming over the fence but I found it impossible to catch them. They were just too fast and unpredictable. I found that the best chances of success came by picking up distant birds and attempting to keep them in the centre of the viewfinder as they approached, half pressing the shutter button continually. I am sure that the secret of success or otherwise is confidence: if you see the bird in the viewfinder in focus, don't wait but press the button.

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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

It helps if you can find a spot where their flight pattern is somewhat predictable. All my flight shots of Common Swift were taken on the bank of a reservoir where the birds were flying at eye level or even below me along the bank or over the water.
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Two more shots from yesterday. Rather more distant this time.







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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

They are great shots. I have been logging my swift sightings on the RSPB www.swiftsurvey.org. I didn't realise they were in trouble.
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Thanks Amanda. We have had Swifts nesting underneath the roof tiles of the house next door for many years. I was glad to see that they have returned again this year. It is amazing to watch them zooming into the tiny gap between the tiles without apparently slowing down. We have never told the neighbours about them in case they are not so fond of Swifts as we are and decide to 'do something about it.'

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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Just like Walti I've never managed to capture any swifts. Too fast for my viewfinder.
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Could not find the Swift Survey from Amanda's address.

But RSPB have a similar or the same page.........

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/con...ojects/swifts/

Be good to participate, so thanks Amanda for the info......
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

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Could not find the Swift Survey from Amanda's address.

But RSPB have a similar or the same page.........

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/con...ojects/swifts/

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Yes, that's the one! I came across it on Twitter.
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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

While I was watching the Swifts I noticed that about a dozen of them were flying around close together in a clump in the distance. I then realised that there was another bird in the middle of them. When I found them in the viewfinder I discovered that it was a Sparrowhawk which they were mobbing. It was too far away for proper photos but I took a few record shots. I wouldn't have known it wasn't there if I hadn't been watching the Swifts. I actually saw it on three separate occasions over the next hour and at one sighting it was carrying prey.




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Re: Swifts in the Sunshine

Too fast for me Ron! those shots are brilliant.
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