Amur Falcon and kill

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10 years 10 months ago #3617 by Doug
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HI all.

Neil smith sent me this pic and asked that I post it on the forum.


This pic was taken today at Braamhoek and it appears to be in the process of eating a swift. ID of the swift is difficult as the rump is not visible and the head has been removed.

What makes it interesting is we don’t know if it was taken in mid-air or lying sick or injured on the ground. It would not let go of it under any circumstances. I see Roberts says it occasionally catches small birds, but a swift?




Any comments on Amur Falcon catching swifts?

Cheers.
Doug

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10 years 10 months ago #3620 by j-ms
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Dis 'n helse groot ding vir 'n Moer Valk

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10 years 10 months ago #3623 by Doug
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I agree with an email sent out to SA birdnet on the ID of the swift.
I think it is most likely Alpine swift because:
1) The size of the swift in comparison to the Amur - it is a very large swift
2) More importantly, Alpine is the only swift I know that has wings that sweep that far behind the tail. Those are very long wings, in keeping with Alpine Swift.

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10 years 10 months ago #3626 by niall
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Oh well, it's a Dead Swift, and not very swift...

Either Alpine or Black Swift, but I reckon on the size comparison with the Falcon you're right with Alpine.

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10 years 10 months ago #3628 by Doug
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Neil said that the belly of the swift is facing the camera so it isn't Alpine. Probably Black, or Common Swift, Maybe even Bradfields but I am not sure if Bradfields has longer wings than African or Common. Those wings look quite long.

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10 years 10 months ago #3630 by mossie
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I think size is a bit deceptive here, as the swift is side on, whereas the falcon is facing us, giving the impression that the swift is bigger. I would go for white rumped, or common swift, as the size, the breast colour and tail forking matches. The falcon is also more likely to encounter these, than the other swifts mentioned.

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