Wire Tailed Swallow

When I first saw a photograph of a Wire Tailed Swallow, I thought the photograph had been photoshopped.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

Notice the wire tail?

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

Maybe,  I thought, because we have only seen them high on wires 🙂

Wire Tailed Swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon

The young (immature) Wire Tailed Swallow is black. Not shown in these photographs.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

The adult is an iridescent blue, a little like the Purple Sunbird.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

🙂

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

.. no photoshopping, these are the actual colours.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon

A closer look.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

 

 

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