Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

Swifts fly 3,000 miles in five days

swift apus apus

  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1    Still Waters

Still Waters

    Deeply Mysterious

  • 38,027 posts
  • Joined:01 Jun 2008
  • Gender:Female

  • "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:33 AM

Quote

A Common Swift (Apus apus) has been recorded covering more than 3,100 miles in just five days during its migration from Africa back to the UK.

The bird was able to maintain an average speed of around 25mph for the non-stop journey across the Sahara desert and up through Europe to its nest site at a nature reserve in Fowlmere, in Cambridgeshire.

The creature, which is around six inches in length, with a wingspan of around 15 inches, is able to eat and sleep on the wing. Before setting off, it spent around ten days in Liberia, west Africa, where it fattened up for its journey by hoovering up flying termites.

The bird, named A322, was tracked as part of a project run by the British Trust for Ornithology, which is investigating reasons behind the species’ decline.

http://www.telegraph...-in-5-days.html

Posted Image

#2    lightly

lightly

    metaphysical therapist

  • Member
  • 5,809 posts
  • Joined:01 Apr 2009
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Michigan U.S.A.

  • "The future ain't what it used to be"
    Yogi Berra

Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:27 AM

Wow!    hence the name? :)

Important:  The above may contain errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and other limitations.

#3    Chooky88

Chooky88

    Apparition

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 311 posts
  • Joined:03 Jun 2005

Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:09 AM

Is that an African or European Swift? Also, how far can they travel if two are using a strand of creeper under the dorsal guiding feathers to carry a coconut?


#4    pallidin

pallidin

    Telekinetic

  • Member
  • 6,737 posts
  • Joined:09 Dec 2004
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Somewhere south of the North Pole

  • "When life gets you down... swim with a dolphin"

Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:59 PM

How I wish I had wings and could fly.
Wait a minute, I drink. Nevermind.


#5    Zoric

Zoric

    Alien Embryo

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Joined:10 Jun 2012

Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:17 PM

Perhaps the birds should be sponsored by Red Bull !


#6    csspwns

csspwns

    Astral Projection

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 642 posts
  • Joined:07 Apr 2012
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco, CA

  • "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish."

Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:39 AM

tats why they are called swifts lol


#7    Paracelse

Paracelse

    Government Agent

  • Member
  • 4,074 posts
  • Joined:02 Mar 2008
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:France

Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:08 AM

I noticed they arrived in the area I live now few days ago along with some swallows (they have a white belly that how I make the difference).  I tried to take pictures of them but no way they are really to fast for me.

Those who would sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither Benjamin Franklin
République No.6
It's time for a sixth republic.

#8    ThickasaBrick

ThickasaBrick

    Extraterrestrial Entity

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 387 posts
  • Joined:22 Jul 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA

  • "Your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick." "I'll judge you all and make damn sure that no-one judges me."
    -Jethro Tull

Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:58 PM

Awesome! I love it when nature accomplishes the remarkable.


#9    Emin

Emin

    Remote Viewer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 550 posts
  • Joined:04 Feb 2007
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mundi Subterra

Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:17 PM

Interesting actually i was researching swifts some days ago. I'm not sure if those are the birds that i constantly see during dusk but they do have that arced wing appearance. Well it wouldn't surprise me if they flew that much because i've observed them fly and they sure fly like crazy





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users