Sunday, 2 August 2015

Junior Swallows

In the corner of a large meadow in the Parkland there is an Oak Tree. Its a favoured spot each year for immature Swallows to perch, while their parents fly low sorties over the grassland catching flies and returning to their offsprings.  Some of the immature practice their own low level stunts and then return to the tree. They have about another two months to build up their bodies and improve their flying skills before they endure the long flight back to Africa.






Check out the one on the right below, with eyes shut and beak open ready to receive another tasty morsel from its parent.




20 comments:

  1. HI Roy Love the header and theseSwallows are so cute. Lovely images

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  2. Another great series of shots Roy.

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  3. Superbes scènes Roy, j'aurai tant aimé faire ces clichés.
    Bravo !!!!

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  4. Lovely series Roy, as you say they should be starting to slowly build up their strength for their southward migration come September, while it is amazing to think that the Swifts should already be thinking about heading south! Where did summer go I ask myself!

    Kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thanks David. It this rate it will soon be Christmas. Oh No. {:((

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  5. Hey Roy.... So much fun to watch young birds at this stage of growth, always ready for the next morsel with mouths wide open.
    Great photo catches of them. Especially like the three of them sitting together...cute!!

    Grace

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  6. Swallows always look so totally in command on the wing but so vulnerable when perched. Difficult to imagine such tiny bundles of life flying off to Africa.

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    1. It certainly is difficult John, incredibly fragile looking.

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  7. Swallows are always entertaining, and with young to be fed, even more so. Great shots. We are already seeing the first of the tree arrive from the north. We'll see lots more after the next heavy rains come through and the mosquitoes hatch out. Needless to say, we love our mosquito-eating swallows! Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Wilma, yes I bet you welcome their assistance.{:))

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  8. Beautiful shots of beautiful birds. All too soon, they'll be off!

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  9. Great shots! I love seeing the little ones begging.

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