Monday, June 6, 2016

Beaks full of mud


Spent a very enjoyable morning beside Tunstall reservoir in Weardale watching these very excitable and aerobatic house martins collecting mud for nest building. The water level has fallen a lot in the recent dry spell, exposing plenty of potential building material that must have dried very fast in today's heat.

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6 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, Phil. There's nothing quite like the happy burbling of a flock of house martins.

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    1. Constantly chattering - the seem to be constantly excited

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    1. The are very skilled at picking up mud that's just the right consistency for nest building

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  3. Wow, Phil, wow. Beautifully done. These shapes of wings in various states of flight.

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    1. They seem to use their whole bodies to guide their flight - wonderfully agile, and so fast! Lightning reactions. It's a wonder they never collide.

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