|17th October 2010, Taman Melawati, Selangor |
It was quite a hectic schedule with two weddings to attend, last weekend was intended to be a non-birding weekend. Furthermore, I am without my gimbal head after sending it in for repairs but somehow things don’t always turn out as planned!
I was having a quick cycle around Taman Melawati when I saw a group of birds on a large leafless tree about 300m from my house. I could see that they were Treeswifts but couldn’t immediately identify the exact species. I knew they couldn’t be the Whiskered Treeswifts since they usually go in pairs, not in a flock of 15-20 birds. In my mind I knew that this would be a lifer Treeswift for me.
Dashed back to the house to pick up my gear ( plus my old velbon tripod) and returned to the location in a flash! True enough, they were Grey-rumped Treeswifts ( Hemiprocne longipennis)- a lifer.
Luckily I had one bird perching against a green background. This one’s a male with the rufous ear covert .
A female with the blackish ear covert.
An adult and a juvenile male.