Commuting Swallow sightings

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13195 by Doug
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Hi all.

Just a commuting-based sighting rather than any attempt at Mossie's commuting challenge but I just saw a Red-breasted Swallow halfway between Lanseria Airport and Northriding. Closest I have EVER seen this species to the traditional Johannesburg northern suburbs.

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Doug

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13199 by Dave Shedman
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I was photographing overflying swallows outside our house two weeks ago and when I looked at them on the PC they looked reddish on the front but sadly they were all way too out of focus to sharpen up and get a positive ID. I'll keep watching!

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13210 by mossie
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Nice sighting.

I normally only associate them with Kruger. But this year (a month ago!) I have already seen them in the Magaliesberg in the Buffelspoort dam area. That's only about 40km from where you saw them (as the crow/swallow flies) <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Should take em less than an hour to do the trip. :rolleyes:

I'm kind of worried about the commuter challenge... I can just hear those tow truck drivers revving in anticipation <!-- s:no: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/no.gif" alt=":no:" title="Disagreement" /><!-- s:no: -->

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13211 by Doug
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Didn't you do SABAP1? There were three methods outlined in the one SABAP newsletter...
1) The pedestrain method of atlasing... that involves actually walking around.
2) The Stop-Start transit method - suddenly slam on brakes in the middle of the road without looking who is behind you and excitedly leaping out of the car
3) The non-stop transit method which involves violently swinging your head around whilst traveling at 120 KM/H to see a raptor perched on a fence telephone pole while at the same time managing to stay in your lane narrowly avoiding a head on collision.

Which would you reccomend for your commuting challenge?

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13252 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Commuting Swallow sightings
Hi Doug,
I've never atlased before, but I would definitely opt for number 3!!!! The ID's are easy, its avoiding veering into other objects that's the real challenge. It's not too bad on the M1 south. The traffic slows to a safe 80km/h. I also confess, that I drove a little slower than usual to my parking bay, to make sure the resident rock martins did a fly by. It helps a lot to know were to see each species and at which time of day.

Mossie

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13260 by waldens@faerieglen
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One morning, while atlassing, we needed a House Sparrow for our 2600_2800 list, my friend drove into the parking area of Leaping Frog Centre, and there it was! She slammed on brakes, and we nearly caused a huge smash. The person behind us, driving some larney Mercedes hooted and swore and screamed at us <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> , but at least we got the bird! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
Dennis wants to have a sign made to put in our car's back window: CAUTION: WE STOP FOR NO APPARENT REASON!

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8 years 3 weeks ago #13270 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Commuting Swallow sightings
THAT DOES IT!!!!

IF I GET MORE THAN 20 ORDERS, I'M GOING TO GET "CAUTION... BIRDER" BUMPER STICKERS PRINTED TO DISH OUT!!! <!-- s:yoyo: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yo-yo.gif" alt=":yoyo:" title="Yo-Yo" /><!-- s:yoyo: -->

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