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Embourg, Authors' Garden


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 600 mm
Exposure 1/1600, f/8.0, ISO 800 
Image size 600 x 400 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Mauersegler Dutch  Gierzwaluw
Italian  Rondone eurasiatico Spanish  Vencejo Común


The endurance record on land is held by the Common Swift. It remains airborne for 2-4 years, eating, sleeping, and molting on the wing. Copulation on the wing has been inferred from very close proximity of the two birds, but copulation may occur in the nest .


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Common Swift
Apus apus
Martinet noir

Jean-Michel PAULUS