Swifts, Swallows & Martins, share your photos and videos here

For many of us, swifts, swallows and house/sand martins will be swooping and chasing after insects. They're not the easiest of birds to capture in flight, however, feel free to share whatever photos or videos you get here.

I'm happy to report, I've seen the first swifts here, a bit late, but they've arrived, and hoping in the next week or two to go and see some swallows.

Mike

Flickr Peak Rambler

  • I've been to my favourite Swallow spot on the Suffolk coast at East Lane to try some Swallow in flight shots, it's still a work in progress but I'm OK with just landing or taking off. Our village has a good number of Swifts again this year but they are often too high up for a decent shot, I'll have to try later in the afternoon or early evening when they appear to be flying lower.

    Best Regards,

    Trevor

  • p.s.
    Mike,

    Forgot to say thank for starting such a challenging thread, hopefully some more people will take up the challenge.

    Trevor
  • I'll just enjoy viewing!!! No chance of my getting one in flight, it's enough to see them sitting on the t. wires:-)

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to TJS:

    TJS said:
    p.s.


    Mike,

    Forgot to say thank for starting such a challenging thread, hopefully some more people will take up the challenge.

    Trevor

    You're welcome.

    I know photographing these birds in flight particularly, is challenging, but for some, there may be opportunities for stationary photos, like telegraph wires, and other manmade structures.

    Our local Nat Trust has swallows literally nesting just above peoples heads, and hardly a soul notices, the swallows don't seem fussed, they just get on their daily business regardless, and I'm hoping to get there very soon.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    gaynorsl said:
    I'll just enjoy viewing!!! No chance of my getting one in flight, it's enough to see them sitting on the t. wires:-)

    And easier to photo.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Tuesday, amid the early commotion as a buzzard was getting mobbed by swifts....

    I did manage to get some photos of swifts in flight.

    Cue Battle Of Britain theme music.....  [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzclnH1nJgk]

    Probably my best to date.

    I'm hoping for some swallows next week.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • very nice captures Mike to be able to get in frame these super speedy hirundines.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Great action shots Mike of a difficult bird to photograph, plus the bonus of mobbing a Buzzard. Good luck with the Swallows, at least they do lad occasionally and give you half a chance of a close picture.
    Trevor
  • In reply to Mike B:

    Nice shots Mike, as a bit of a raptor nut the Buzzard being mobbed by Swifts really caught my attention, thanks for posting

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can