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Thread: Streak Throated Swallows roosting

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    Default Streak Throated Swallows roosting

    While driving from Ranthambhore towards Jaipur, I noticed this beautiful roosting of what looks like Streak Throated Swallows (Petrochelidon fluvicola) in a nearby farm.
    In the left hand side of the image is a small canal/stream with a bridge. The Swallows have built many many mud nests under the bridge.

    I have never seen Swallows roosting on the ground like this, and in such healthy numbers (to our modern eyes, I am sure the numbers were larger only 15 years ago).

    Since the farm was fenced with dried thorn scrubs, I couldn't get a closer shot. My Nikon 80-400 maxed out to give me this image.
    (Going closer would also have been difficult considering how shy these birds are).
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    A closer crop of the same image.

    (I didn't straighten the horizon)
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    Nice . it is typical of swallows and swifts to roost in large numbers but as you said they usually seen on wires, walls and stone structures. were they collecting mud for nest building?
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    Perhaps. There were mud nesting colonies nearby.

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    Lovely. Great to see this. On what date was it photographed?

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