Treeswift, Swifts, Martins and Swallows

Grey-rumped Treeswift-1
Grey-rumped Treeswift-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Yala National Park.

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Grey-rumped Treeswift-2
Grey-rumped Treeswift-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Yala National Park.

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Grey-rumped Treeswift-5
Grey-rumped Treeswift-5

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Grey-rumped Treeswift-1
Grey-rumped Treeswift-1

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Grey-rumped Treeswift / Crested Tree Swift
Hemiprocne coronata

I almost missed spotting this beauty while I was roaming around Yala outskirts. There were two males. One was on the electric wire and the other let me take these beautiful pictures.

What a beautiful bird. Reminds e of a Trojan warrior.

 
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Asian Palm Swift / Palm Swift
(ආසියා තල්-තුරිතයා)
Cypsiurus balasiensis

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Alpine Swift
(ඇල්පයින් තුරිතයා)
Tachymarptis melba

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Brown-backed Needletail / Brown-throated Spinetail Swift (පිටබොර කටුපෙඳ තුරිතයා)
Hirundapus giganteus

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Little Swift-2
Little Swift-2

Photographed inside the Kandalama Hotel.

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Little Swift-1
Little Swift-1

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Little Swift-5
Little Swift-5

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Little Swift-2
Little Swift-2

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Little Swift / House Swift
(පුන්චි තුරිතයා)
Apus affinis

Also known as House Swift, these ones were photographed in their nest inside the Kandalama Heritance Hotel. These noisy super flyers have built their unique nests in dark corners. Its amazing how they have anchored the nest to the wall and made them cosy. During day time the nests are empty but by late evening they start coming back. How they huddle up and spend the night is amazing. A rare moment of using a flash but I was very careful not to disturb them too much. Took a few pictures and immediately backed off. I'm happy the photos were in good condition afterwards.

 
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Indian Swiftlet / Edible-nest Swift
(ඉන්දු උප-තුරිතයා)
Aerodramus unicolor

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Sand Martin
Riparia riparia​

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Dusky Crag Martin
(අඳුරු වැහිලිහිනියා)
Ptyonoprogne concolor

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Vagrant species
 
Barn Swallow-5
Barn Swallow-5

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Barn Swallow-1
Barn Swallow-1

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Barn Swallow-7
Barn Swallow-7

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Barn Swallow-5

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Barn Swallow / Common Swallow
(අටූ වැහිලිහිනියා)
Hirundo rustica

A constant companion in my travels, these amazing flyers rarely settle down. 

Image 1 is from Chundikulam National Park.

2nd and 3rd images are taken during 'Madu Ganga' river safari.

Last set of images from 'Bundala' National Park.

 
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Hill Swallow
Hirundo domicola

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Wire-tailed Swallow
(කූරුපෙඳ වැහිලිහිනියා)
Hirundo smithii

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Red-rumped Swallow
(නිතඹ රතු වැහිලිහිනියා)
Cecropis daurica

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Sri Lanka Swallow-1
Sri Lanka Swallow-1

Photographed on the banks of Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy.

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Sri Lanka Swallow-2
Sri Lanka Swallow-2

Photographed on the banks of Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy.

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Sri Lanka Swallow-7

Photographed on the banks of Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy.

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Sri Lanka Swallow-1

Photographed on the banks of Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy.

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Sri Lanka Swallow / Ceylon Swallow
Cecropis hyperythra

I came across a flock of them near the Mahaweli river in the outskirts of Kandy. Initially very shy, after a while, they were ok with me approaching closer. There were around 10 birds in this one small flock moving from one small tree to another mostly focusing on the morning grooming.

 
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Streak-throated Swallow / Indian Cliff Swallow (ඉරිගෙල වැහිලිහිනියා)
Petrochelidon fluvicola

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Pacific Swift
(දෙබල්-වලිග තුරිතයා)
Apus pacificus

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Northern House Martin
Delichon urbicum

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