Nature live. Welcome to a pale swift nest (Apus pallidus), one of the most curious and interesting birds that can be seen almost anywhere, since its life takes place almost entirely in the air. In the aerial environment it finds everything it needs to live: from daily food to the materials with which it makes its nest. The swift is able to sleep on the wing and also copulate while in the air.
There is only one thing they cannot do in this way: make a nest in which to lay their eggs and raise their offspring. Precisely, this is the purpose of showing the images that can be seen in these lines, focused on the absolute privacy of their nest. Keep in mind that it is possible that, at certain times of the nest, the pair has left in search of food (you can go back to see the previous instants).
It is located in the Esclavas SCJ school in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, which belongs to the ACI Educational Foundation and last year it already hosted a similar experience. Thousands of people were able to follow live the evolution of a pair of swifts incubating their eggs and then raising the young.
The installation and dissemination of these images are part of an interdisciplinary project: ‘Median swifts, observation and monitoring of the pale swift from the educational field’, promoted by the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO).
Hatching, birth, young and flight
SEO Birdlife has installed several cameras in nests and innkeepers in Spain to be able to contemplate the life of birds live. In the case of the pale swift from Jerez de la Frontera, We will be able to attend in the coming weeks (if all goes well) the hatching of the eggs, the birth of the chicks and their subsequent rearing by their parents. Finally, in a few months, they will all take flight to their winter quarters, many thousands of kilometers away, on the African continent.
This project aims to “bring students closer to the ‘urban-natural’ ecosystem to which they belong, and thus be able to emotionally involve them in the lives of swifts. In this way, they motivate and educate themselves on the importance of protecting these insectivorous birds that share their closest environment to the one that the school belongs to,” says the SEO.
To enjoy these images we must also accept the future of events, sometimes unexpected, because sometimes nature is neither beautiful nor unpleasant, it simply shows us how it isyes”, they remember.
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