Black Swift

Cypseloides niger

ML99240901


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Thomas Turner
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eBird Checklist S45489637
Farren Rd.
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 34.4435, -119.9238 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

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Observation details

Foraging at low altitude with some White-throated Swifts and Cliff Swallows. By the naked eye, the bird got my attention as shape & size evoked white-throated swift, but flight style evoked Vaux's Swift. With optics, it was clear that it was a big swift with wide wing bases and a squre tail. It also repeatedly banked against the light, showing that it was all black even when not back-lit. It was only about 50 feet off the ground (below a low cloud layer), and made foraging passes for close to a minute before disappearing. This was only a mile North of the 101 freeway & coast (just South of the first hillside pullout, at about 34.441328, -119.923295).

Technical Information

Model
DSC-HX400V
Lens model
4.3-215mm f/2.8-6.3
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
83.5 mm
Shutter speed
1/2000 sec
ISO
80
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
359KB
Dimensions
2228 x 1747

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