Friday, 28th June, 2019 6:03pm
Amateur videographer and photographer Kenny Sloan got a pleasant surprise while out fishing on the River Moy today.
He could not believe he had spotted a white albino swallow being fed on the wing by its parent.
So he immediately stopped angling and retrieved his camera to capture images of the rare bird.
Said Kenny: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such an unusual bird. Thankfully, I captured lots of photographs.”
According to media reports, Albinism is rare among birds, affecting 1 in 18,000.
The condition, which causes feathers and parts of the bird's body to appear completely white, is caused by the absence of the pigment melanin.
However, it is not clear if this is a 'pure' example of a creature with no pigment at all as its eyes are not pink.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.