18 Feb 2016

Flock of Pallid Swift - Jubail

Whilst birdwatching the Jubail area in early February we came across a number of small flocks of Pallid Swifts Apus pallidus. The species is a common passage migrant and breeder with a peculiar pattern of occurrence. The species is common from late January to May, scarce after this and only recorded again in good numbers from November. Breeding takes place in the winter months from November to April. Pallid Swift are always good to watch but rarely come down low and allow photography. On the occasion we saw the birds in Jubail there were a number of birds that put on a good aerial display and allowed a few reasonable photographs to be taken.  
Pallid Swift

Pallid Swift

Pallid Swift

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