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Red Rumped Swallow

Red Rumped Swallow
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-28 12:41
Viewed: 2866
Points: 6
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There were 3 of the swallows sitting on this perch. The color of this bird was great and I took only this Swallow. I think this is Red Rumped swallow. Please correct me if i am wrong.I have used 1.4X converter.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-02-28 14:17]

Hi Satish,
nice POV and a good detailed shot,
the contrast seems a little too much - a bit distracting IMHO,
I feel your right with the ID, allthough the tail seems a bit short for a species (could still be a juv.).
Cheers :D

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-28 14:31]

Hi Satish,
I agree with Vishal about the contrast. The picture itself in nice tough.
I suppose it's a barn swallow (or the indian equivalent). It is not a red reumped in my opinion.
Regards, Jacob

I do not think it is a red rumped swallow because: the rump of the red rumped swallow (Hirundo Daurica - HidDau) is pale and at a distance could look white but at close range is light rusty red at top and whitish towards the tail - this one shows black rump. HidDau also has a rusty-brown BAND around its head- this one has not. The under side of HirDau is seen at close range as rusty-buff with fine streaks - this one seems white to me.
As seen from above HirDau has 5 coloration zones: 1-black head; 2-rustybrown head-band; 2-black back; 4-red rump; 5-black tail. HirRus has only 2 coloration zones: 1- deep red face; 2-black head+back+rump+tail. This case is applied here.
I also do not think this is a juvenile of either species since juveniles lack the blue gloss on the upper parts or have a minimal gloss.
I believe this to be an adult of Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica - HirRus) because of the blue gloss on its back and strong deep red face coloration.
Maybe it had an accident and lost its tail feathers and now it is regrowing them. I am not an expert in wild birds moulting but this one seems to miss only the two long tail streamers. Maybe it is just moulting. Or maybe it is a subadult. The certain thing is that this one is not HirDau but HirRus!!!
I hope I was of some help to you with identification!

As for the picture the details are good and the colors great. Nice composition too!

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