Chestnut-collared swift on nest (Streptoprocne rutila)
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad
June 20, 2012
Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.
This is a medium-sized swift (just over five inches long and 2/3 ounce), with a slightly-notched tail. Females and immature males lack the collar. They are usually seen in flocks, often associating with swallows and other swifts, over the foothills and highlands. They are common and widespread from southern Mexico through Central America and Andean South America into Bolivia.
These swifts feed on insects in flight. They build a mud nest and add plant material on a vertical surface in damp, shady places near water (including caves and culverts). They usually lay two white eggs.
Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/2000 second at ISO 800. Exposure was increased 1½ stops in post-processing.
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