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Black swift        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Black swift are the rarest and most mysterious of the North American swifts.   In southern California, they often appear for a day or two in spring, usually during stormy weather.   On such a day, a loose flock of 1-15 black swifts stayed very high over the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside and I managed to get a few recognizable photos (the images are highly cropped).

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens(2018)