Bird, bug, butterfly and a wild variety of photos from Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain by Irish wildlife photographer Patrick J. O'Keeffe and invited guests

Monday 30 June 2014

ALPINE SWIFT (Tachymarptis melba) at Fortress of Kaliakra, Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

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  The Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) is a member of the family Apodidae which is in the genus Tachymarptis. It is a summer resident, from April to September, in southern Europe as well as parts of western Asia. In addition there are resident populations in Africa and on the Indian sub continent. During the spring and autumn, this large species is a rare but annual overshooting migrant north of its breeding range. In September, it moves south to spend the winter in sub Saharan Africa. 
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) distribution map
Breeding summer   Breeding resident    Non breeding - winter  Passage
SSanoAK: Alexander Kürthy, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons