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Lesser striped swallow, Okavango Delta

Revisiting some of my earlier photographs given the changes to blogging platforms that are going on. Today taking a look at a photograph I took in Botswana of a Lesser Striped Swallow which I observed as it perched atop a spiny branch. I had trouble identifying this bird but, after scouring some of the bird groups on Flickr, I was able to establish it as the Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica).

Pity I wasn’t a bit more organized, I could, with a guide’s assistance, have identified the species whilst I was still in the field and noted it down! Would have saved myself some messing about after the fact….

Lesser Striped Swallow
Lesser Striped Swallow

Canon 5D at 700mm (500mm with 1.4x tele extender) at F9.0,  shutter speed 1/1250 second at ISO 400.