Monday, July 11, 2016

Feedling time for swallow fledglings

We spent a delightful half hour this afternoon watching swallows feed this brood of eight fledglings. They were perched on some dead branches on the far side of a hedge and were unconcerned by our presence.

Swallows become infested with fleas and lice in the close confines of their nest and these youngsters spent the intervals between feeding either preening or fluffing up their feathers to cool off on a very warm afternoon.

It seemed to be the case that the fledglings that had chosen the highest perches were visited with food more often.


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    1. Got to enjoy them while I can - they'll be off in a couple of months!

  2. Amazing photos, Phil. It is a wonder the birds did not fly away! They always do whenever I try to photograph them:(

  3. An astounding set of feeding shots.

    1. Thanks John, I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time!


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