Common swift - Justyna Baytel

NAME: Justyna Baytel
TITLE: Common swift
TECHNIQUE: watercolor, digital drawing
YEAR: 2014
DESCRIPTION: The Common Swift (Apus apus) is a medium–sized bird, 16–17 cm long with a wingspan of 38–40 cm. In the sky it looks like a swallow for layparson, but there are lot of differences if you are observant. Its body is perfectly prepared for long flights. Swift spends life in the air, hunting for insects caught in flight. It feeds, drinks, and often mates and sleeps on the wing. Thanks to long, forceful wings its flight is dynamic and fast. Those traits are very useful during annual travel to winter in Africa. It is a very frequent bird in Europe, but there is a risk it will change. Because of lack of high trees, swifts find shelter in elevations of the buildings. But lots of their nests are nowadays destroyed due to residental buildings thermo-modernisation. Common swift might be endangered species soon.
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