Friday, October 21, 2011

Swifts, Swiftlets and Needletails

A short gallery showing a few of the commoner species of Swift that hang about Makiling.

The commonest Swiftlet in the area, the ubiquitous Glossy Swiftlet. The underparts can be almost white, and the white patch on the rump varies in size quite considerably. Only really confusable with Pygmy Swiftlet, which has a truly white rump (not the silvery grey shown here)

Asian Palm Swift. A bird with a rapidly changing flight profile

Purple Needletail. Enormous, and unmistakable. Much larger than all other Swifts in Luzon.

House Swift. Regularly seen over Baker Field in UPLB, but not so common elsewhere in the IRRI/ Makiling area.
 The broad white rump is very clear in this species...

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to know that someone like you does what you do. Keep it going, Paul. It all reminds me of the flora and fauna at Mt. Makiling when I was growing up there. I live in Orange County, CA now. Cheers! ---roy p.