She has also benefited from the collection at Leicester Museum - thanks particularly to Mark Evans for all his assistance just before Christmas.
" I was expecting to have to take another trip to the British Museum collection at Tring...but am delighted to find such a rich resource of Bird form and feather references at Leicester Museum"
Close up of Swift wing detail photo J. Walker
Seeing live birds in the hand is a great way to study them - but longer time and more images and measurements can be taken from preserved individuals.
Thanks also to Jake Allsop, Dick Newell and Edward Mayer for the help with contacts for the Swift Sculpture Project and information and links on Swifts and their Conservation.