Northern Rough-winged Swallow

1/250s at f9.0, ISO:800, Canon Mark IV 1D w/800mm, 1.4x converter


The Northern Rough-winged Swallow is a small swallow. Their breeding habitat is near streams, lakes and riverbanks across North America. They nest in cavities near water, usually a burrow in dirt; they do not usually form colonies. The normal clutch is 48 eggs, incubated by the female for 13 days, with another 20 to fledging. They migrate to the Gulf coast of the United States and south to Central America. These birds forage in flight over water or fields, usually flying low. They eat insects. "Rough-winged" refers to the serrated edge feathers on the wing of this bird; this feature would only be apparent when holding this bird.
Medicine Creek, NE
 
05/12/2011