It's getting to that time of year, when those hirundinidaes, or for the less educated like me, swifts, swallows, house and sand martins are returning to the UK to breed. We've read and heard the stories where the nesting sites have been blocked, off with netting etc, here we can share the happier moments of these birds in their majesty.
They can be tricky little birds to photograph in flight, fast, darting around, up-down. flying around (for those wondering, the words came from the opening theme to Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines film, where a group of wouldbe aviators flew from London to Paris in around 25 hours during the VERY early days of flying, theme tune HERE), but why not have a go, so I'll start the 2022 thread off with, very much a case of grab the camera and shoot photos, because the sun was at the wrong angle, and hadn't been good all day to be honest.
The link to last years thread Swifts, Swallows & Martins, share your photos and videos here 2021 for those who want to look back at the many photos shared, and all were good and most welcome to view.
My first swallow for 2022
My first, I think, house martin, please correct me if I'm wrong. [post edit, sand martin, thanks to Bob and Zo for the correction]
Both taken at RSPB Conwy
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Michael B said:
My first, I think, house martin, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Second one is a sand Martin, which are usually first ones to start arriving. House Martin would have been white under the chin - in general I find House Martins to be a much more brilliant white than the white shown on Swallows and sand Martins.
In reply to Bobs_Retired:
That’s what I said in the paragraph when I commented but for some reason the photos and comment saying it’s sand Martin disappeared
i lightened the image and said it’s a Sand Martin it was there for at least an hour I didnt remove it. I sent it and then I went to Highfield Garden World. And I wouldn’t deleate something that would be helpful
Please let me know if it disappears again
heres the photo I lightened earlyer.
Like me and Bobs Retired said. its a Sand Martin
Even though I already knew what it looks like I did send an illustration aswell.
I find it easyer to show things with illustrations sometimes not only that it can be helpful. This is what it looks like
In reply to ItisaRobbo:
Iv just found out what happened now. I got the 2 Forums mixed up and thought it was this forum I sent it on
sorry for the mistake
In reply to Zo Clark:
Ok. Thanks for letting me know. I was just confused cause I forgot there was 2 forums which is why I thought it got deleated. Im going to send some photos of Swifts Martins and Swallows here if I see them. I havnt got any yet but hopefully I will see my first soon this month aswell since there arriveing in the uk now
Saturday was our first day back at the lake water training. The Sand Martin have a new nest bank that allows me lots of watching in-between bear swimming
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