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Image of day on 27 Aug 2007

A 4 frame animation of an adult swallow delivering beakful of insects to a youngster waiting on our mains wires. The whole sequence took less than 0.5secs in real time - no wonder it all seem over in a moment. (1) Parent approaching (2) Delivery (3) Departure (4) Chick demands more NOW but that was all. Some of the feed hanging out of it's beak.

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Image of day on 25 Aug 2005

A chance pairing of a slow soaring Buzzard and nimble swallow. Scales must be approximately right for them both to be in reasonable focus

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 01 Dec 2014

A couple of juvenile Swallows perched on main electricity cables for what must have been a late brood for these youngsters to be waiting to be fed - supplementary feeding 'on the wing' is more typical for this time of year. Here one of the Juvenile Swallows was briefly joined by a Goldfinch landing on the wire.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2006 at 12:15    Image of day on 20 Aug 2006

The swallows have returned to feeding over our own and the surrounding fields. Now the youngsters have gained some skill in the air they chase after the parents and sometimes get fed on-the-wing. They ascend together and transfer the insects near the top of the sweep - the moment shown here. Its all over in an instant and very hard to film or photograph.

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Image Taken on 11 Dec 2009 at 14:06    Image of day on 05 Jan 2010

Fieldfare flocks always seem to contain a few Redwing and this year was no exception. This is the Redwing (red wing not showing particularly well but the facial & breast markings are distinctive) Both birds generally 'toss' the berry back into their throats rather than manoeuvring it with the tongue.

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Image of day on 27 Jun 2005

This adult swallow in flight caught the insect at the upper right and went back to the chick to feed it.

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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2008 at 11:51    Image of day on 03 Sep 2008

The swallows continue to delight, and this pair of consecutive images at the start of a session show you top and bottom of the bird.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:15    Image of day on 08 Nov 2015

This year the Swallows chose our roof ridge as the preferred Swallow youngster feeding perch. This first montage (read this one Left to Right) shows an awkward delivery where the adult flew round and fed the youngster from over it's back.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:45    Image of day on 06 Nov 2015

"Open Wide"
Don't both parent and chick have to trust one-another during feeding.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:49    Image of day on 06 Nov 2015

It looks like a Cranefly makes a meal in it's own right.
Read this montage Right to Left. The juvenile on the left is about 1 second after the feed and has closed its beak over the cranefly with the insects wings sticking out of either side of the beak.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:37    Image of day on 07 Nov 2015

A hungry Swallow youngster on the roof ridge about to get a very direct meal from Mum or Dad.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:35    Image of day on 07 Nov 2015

Read this montage Right to Left.
The Swallow at the left edge is the disappointed sibling of the one that is fed.

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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 15:17    Image of day on 08 Nov 2015

As well as the roof ridge, the TV aerial got used once or twice as a Swallow feeding perch.

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Image Taken on 02 May 2009 at 16:43    Image of day on 24 May 2009

The swallows are definitely back in pristine breeding condition.

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2013 at 17:50    Image of day on 30 May 2013

"Over the Rainbow" A swallow made a couple of runs down our boundary and by chance crossed over a rainbow just starting to form. We have colour enhanced this a bit to make it more like we remember it.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2009 at 18:23    Image of day on 03 Jul 2009

It always seems strange to see the moon in sunshine, but here we caught a swallow flying by it. The bird is a little off focus because it isn't 'quite' as far away as the moon (maybe 50 metres against 384,403,000 metres!). Other attempts with the bird sharp but the moon even slightly blurred look awful.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2008 at 15:59    Image of day on 18 Jul 2008

Chance juxtaposition. They basically ignored each other. We weren't going to include this one on this site, but got a request from one of our e-mail group for the original to print and frame, so it obviously has appeal!

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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2010 at 16:34    Image of day on 20 Oct 2010

The excitement of what the bird hopes is a parent arriving with food.

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Image Taken on 17 Apr 2006 at 16:43    Image of day on 26 Apr 2006

Swallows collect water by touching the surface of pond in flight. A thrill to see but so hard to photograph!

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2008 at 14:59    Image of day on 30 Aug 2008

To our relief the swallows have suddenly re-appeared complete with families to feed. The lighting wasn't too good but we had a go anyway.
In a montage from last year they are seen feeding on the wing:-

This year first effort is easier to see yourself - look for this wherever you see young swallows perched on wire, gutters, TV aerials etc. If you would like a large version as a September 2008 Calendar click on Woodland Trust Calendars

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