Altitude of flight

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TomBrake
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I am lying here in my hammock watching the Martin's soar enjoying the sunny evening. It got me wondering what is the altitude that martins are at when they feed and fly in this leisurely way. I know it varies but at times they are a barely visible speck.
Louise Chambers
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It can be a mile, or a tad higher. Some OK researchers used thermal imaging to track martins and get data on their feeding height. They shared an article about the study in the Update, a year, maybe two back - I'll try to check.
KathyF
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Tom,
Not a direct answer to your question, but check this out and you'll know why they're up there.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/ ... u-cant-see
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TomBrake
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Thanks Louise.
Kathy. Very interesting article. The natural world is always fascinating. I never realized the diversity of "Martin food" and the height which it is found.
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