Chose the title as I recently ordered a new camera strap from Amazon having inadvertently sent the other off into long term storage by accident ! I can now get out on walks with my heavy camera/lens combo, mainly local walks at the moment since we moved into our rental just over 2 weeks ago. We also have a lot of Swallows (and House Martins) where we are currently living so took a few photos of the Swallows this time and it was good to see a lot of juveniles around.
In no particular order ……….. there were around ten of them perched along the main driveway by our rental house
most were having a good preen in the sunshine
and keeping one eye on the camera !
and under much cloudier conditions this afternoon .............this family was just above our courtyard area chattering away constantly !
difficult angle with them being almost straight above me !
just before taking off this swallow was doing a lot of wing stretching and gull-winging ! and watching the camera too lol
showing part of that lovely tail pattern
I'll miss these birds and the house martins when they leave for Africa.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Thanks Tony and Wendy,
TeeJay said:when I read the title I thought you were just back from the Pantanal.
I just had to Google where Pantanal was LOL but now we are free as the birds with no big house/garden commitment - you never know where we'll end up !!
Lot to learn
In reply to Nigel O:
Thanks Nige and Gaynor,
Nigel O said:I was thinking more Cumbria where the book was based!
that was my first thought too Nige !
@ Gaynor, not sure about the large snakes, I got enough of those when living in Brunei and Australia but wouldn't mind seeing a capybara or some more tropical birds. Let me know when you want to go explore the world and I'll pack my rucksack and sarnies lol To be honest, I'm hoping to get back to Aussie for a visit maybe in the next year or two but planning that is a long way off at the moment.
Superb photos of the swallows Hazel.
I missed out this year due to the weather and various commitments, a local National Trust, Baddesley Clinton, have regular visitors, and nesting close to the public passage, unperturbed.
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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:Thanks Mike, hope you get to catch up with Swallows at Baddesley Clinton at some stage, if not this year then next. Weather has been so dismal today with constant drizzle; I'm waiting for the blue sky to return …… whenever that will be I don't know lol
The swallows at Baddesley will have flown by now, but there'll be next year.
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