Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
16 June 2014

    Northern Rough-winged Swallow is difficult to photograph as it rarely seems to perch. Mostly they are seen in flight over open areas or water bodies, with barely an opportunity to alight. Yesterday we were fortunate to see two individuals perched on a barbed wire fence. The pictures are not great but they do serve as a record, however, of a bird that I can only recall having photographed once before. Sometime you have to take what you can get!


  1. Beautiful photos of the swallows, David.
    Sometimes they are just where you do not want.
    Greetings Irma

  2. It must be very satisfying to capture something as elusive as this, David, even if you do consider them only 'record shots', although I reckon they're way beyond that. Looking forward to seeing the flight shots!

    Best wishes to you both - - Richard

  3. It's always a treat to see something you weren't expecting!

  4. I've never heard that sort Swallow, excellent photos.

  5. Never mind the quality of the pictures, as you say sometimes you must be happy with what a species offers you!
    I have never managed to pixelate any species of swallows, and I think you did great here!
    As Richard says they are elusive, always on the wing!
    Enjoy your day, both of you!!

  6. Beautiful pictures of this Swallow. David
    Greetings Tinie

  7. Great to get some rare birds sometime!! Congrats!

  8. This swallow is so beautiful. Great shots, David!
    Best regards

  9. Swallows are by no means easy to get in the picture but you have yet to know a few nice pictures of it :-)