This blog is about my birding exploits, which mainly take place in the Weymouth/Portland area, in Dorset. Will also include stuff from elsewhere, plus some other critters too. Hope you enjoy. All photographs are © Brett Spencer, unless indicated otherwise. The above image is of a Siberian Rubythroat, taken in Holland in 2016.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Juvenile Pallid Swift

Decided to twitch the bird at Christchurch today. A very educational bird and bloody difficult to identify on field views. Luckily, camera was in tow and it was the photos that left me happy with the identification. Something of an eye opener this bird, as it was almost certainly an example of either of the races A.p.brehmorum or A.p.illyricus, so not the image of pallid beasts from the field guides. This was a British/Dorset tick for me. Sadly, this bird fell foul to a Sparrowhawk.

















4 comments:

Shaun said...

Brilliant photos Brett. Just what was needed to confirm what we all thought.

Ken T said...

Yes - well done, Brett. I think these photos are really important in terms of late swift ID. Like you said, a lot of us are used to seeing this species in, e.g., Spain where they are the colour of milky coffee. That's not this bird... but it's still a Pallid (wait for the East and West Med birds to be split now! ;-)) I've certainly learnt a lot about late swift ID this autumn and your photos are especially helpful. Well done, mate!

Brett said...

Thankyou very much for your comments.

Bomber said...

Brilliant pics from a great photographer. Proof, if proof were needed, that a good camera is as important a piece of birding equipment as a pair of bins these days. Surely no way this bird would ever get accepted without photos like these? Makes you wonder if all late autumn Swift records are of this species after all?