It was only a few hours later, in a conversation with Sietse, that I mentioned the Bank Swallow. He said, “that is no Bank Swallow! It’s a Blue-and-white Swallow!”
It seems the bird perched when Sietse was there a bit later than Steve and I, and he was able to get some images of it using digiscoping, a way of capturing an image through a spotting scope. When viewed on its perch, it certainly did appear to be a perfect match for a Blue-and-white Swallow!
The excitement built for Steve, Sietse, and me as we realized the magnitude of what we saw! A Blue-and-white Swallow has never before been observed or officially recorded on Bonaire, or on Aruba or Curacao as well. The ABC islands often “share” birds species, but it looked like Bonaire was to have the honor of the first visit from a Blue-and-white Swallow. However, before we could celebrate, we had to get the sighting confirmed.
We all three went back and found both birds again. Steve was able to capture more images in flight, which just added to the databank of information we sent to Peter-Paul Schets, the Bonaire bird reviewer for both eBird and Observation.
Luckily, Peter-Paul was able to confirm our sightings of both the Wattled Jacana and the Blue-and-white Swallow. The swallow brought Bonaire’s species count to 241!
About the Blue-and-white Swallow.
The Blue-and-white Swallow is a small swallow that is named for its appearance. Steel-blue upper parts are glossy, while its wings and tail are darker with steel-blue margins. Underparts are white with grayish sides and flanks. The tail is short and slightly forked.