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Old May 18, 2012, 4:10 PM   #1
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A couple more grab shots. Does anybody know what kind of bird this is?? I think they are some kind of swallows, but I'm not sure. E-3 and 50-200mm.





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Old May 18, 2012, 4:30 PM   #2
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Looks like they could be purple martins, Steve. Nice snots.
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They are nice shots. In Florida you folks make fences out of rebar?
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Old May 18, 2012, 7:53 PM   #4
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Thanks Gary and Ted.

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They are nice shots. In Florida you folks make fences out of rebar?
Not fences, but hurricane proof bird houses put out on the golf course.
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Hear, see and silence?
Nice shots Steven !
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nice shots, I especially like the in-air shot. They appear to be purple martins as gjtoth said. They are cool birds in that they live in communities of a dozen to a few dozen birds. Often times people set up multi-room houses for them. Makes sense given that they are nesting in a community like that they are purple martins. They are a type of swallow. They eat bugs that they catch in the air which can make for quite a fun activity to watch.
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Thanks for your comments Lordje and ramcewan. I think everyone is right about them being purple martins. As ramcewan pointed out they live in groups, and this group live in a cluster of 9 birdhouses attached to a single pole out on the golf course. So they meet the description of ramcewan. Here is a photo of the birdhouse setup:
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