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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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on Swifts, Swallows and Martins – Who is who?

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Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

So interesting the difference in the birds and to me they all look alike above my head. But about 9 years ago we were presently surprised with with a pair of lesser stripped swallos nesting in our open lappa. Someone broke her nest and she is now here by my big kitchen roof and we have named them Jessie and James. All through the years when she has chick’s and they can fly, then she waits for us outside to show us her chick’s. And Jessie talks to me and I talk to her and she answers in their own manner. Very special these two birds. Last year I saved her one chick that had a sore foot, the little one could not sit properly on the fence so I picked him up and massaged his little foot and then it started to rain. I put the little one back in the nest and two days later I picked him up again on the grass and massaged his foot again and put him back in the nest again. He was fine after that and flew all over the show and Jessie came to say thank you.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Wow! What an amazing story Valmai – thank you for sharing with us 🙂

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Lovely story Valmai..nothing quite like a ‘wild’ pet !

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What a coincidence : Today the first two house martins arrived at my place back from southern Africa. A warm day of spring accompanied them back to Europe. It is always a great pleasure for me when they arrive at their (artificial) nests that are awaiting them after their long and dangerous journey across the desert, the Mediterranean and the Alps.
So it is really great to hear more about these fantastic birds and how to identify them. Thanks for the article!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

My pleasure Christa, I am glad you enjoyed the article and it is great to hear that you are keeping an eye on the House Martins arrivals.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fantastic article Kelsey, explaining the habitat and differences between these little birds that seem to fly by at the speed of sound. I think I will print this out to study before my next trip. Perhaps I can increase my bird identification knowledge by at least one!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thank you Denise. I’m sure you will be able to identify a few more birds on your next trip! 🙂

Stephen Torgesen
Explorer

Thank you for this article. Can you write another one in the future that explains the differences in laymen’s terms between herons, cranes, and storks?

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

That is a great idea Stephen – keep a lookout for that blog coming up soon!

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Kelsey, thanks for the pictures and information of the three bird species. The pics are beautiful!!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Pleasure William, I am glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

So right Kelsey, I’m always confused as to who’s who and they do move so quickly and don’t settle long enough for me to identify them. This is a great lesson in helping identify them and I will certainly put it into practice! Thanks for the insight and the wonderful pictures 👌🏻❤️

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

What an excellent article on these birds Kelsey! We have all three of these birds in my area of Canada so this will help me sort them out. The photos are beautiful. I had to smile when I saw the name of the Horus Swift, he certainly looks like the sculpture of Horus that we saw in Edfu, Egypt.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Kelsey thank you so much for this lovely blog. The pics are beautiful and the descriptions very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Anthony Goldman
Guest contributor

Great and very informative article Kelsey !

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