Contributed by Lyndon Kearsley
It is February 2013 now and some common swifts have been seen in Malta and Israel over the last two weeks and a number of House Martins are in Lisbon (and Malta) along with lots of Swallows. That is normal timing for Southern and Mediterranean Europe, but what are "our" swifts doing. Maybe, they are in habitat like this:
|Orange River region in Northern Cape Province / S Namibia in 2011. Photo F. Ambrogio.|
Not possessing a crystal ball we can't of course answer that, but here is what the Belgian pair discussed in my last blog entry were doing in February 2012 last year.
|February movements (click to enlarge)|
|Kalahari rain clouds. Photo Oompie|
|Male track superimposed on SABAP density map|
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