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By Greyheron
During a recent visit to Scotland, staying on the shores of Loch Lomond to photograph a wedding - we visited the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, circa 1449, on Loch Awe. While up on the battlements I became aware of all the Swallows flying around the structure. Looking over the edge gave me a wonderful aerial view of these graceful birds swooping and gliding around the building. When I turned around, this guy was sitting on one of the protective railings with a face full of mud for its new nest… These birds had just flown all the way from Africa to NW Scotland and dived straight into nest building and family life - what a feat…I bet they even keep the midge population down too once the younglings are born … Wink

Tags: Swallow Castle Bird Mud Kilchurn castle Loch awe Nw scotland Wildlife and nature

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20 Jun 2014 8:37PM
A superb capture of this well travelled feathered friend!


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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2014 9:15PM
A fine shot Mike, but your write-up is definitely something specialSmile

Teaka53 4 2 England
20 Jun 2014 9:47PM
WOW, that is one superb shot
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2014 10:16PM
Big meal for such a little fellow, no wonder he's hungry after that flight. Great capture Mike.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
20 Jun 2014 10:34PM
Super shot and narrative Mike.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinRon
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
20 Jun 2014 11:01PM
Many thanks for dropping by to view, vote and comment Grin

Special thanks to Alan and Ron for their valued User Awards - appreciated muchly guys Grin

20 Jun 2014 11:27PM
Great write up Mike, brilliant capture too..Lin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 Jun 2014 2:09AM
We have tons of birds, swooping and eating is a plus!

You have an urgent nest builder here!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
21 Jun 2014 6:21AM
A cracking capture. Carol
21 Jun 2014 8:48AM
Super close up image of this nest builder

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
21 Jun 2014 12:47PM
Many thanks for your interest and support Grin

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 8:34AM
very impressive image and what a mouthful
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
23 Jun 2014 6:09PM
Thank you Lillian Grin

23 Jun 2014 10:19PM
Wonderful shot Mike!, fantastic detail, eye contact and what a beak full for it's new nest!......loved your write up too, I agree, what a feat indeed!, much respect to migrating birds like this, it must be such a perilous journey each year! see them return and think of what they have achieved always puts a smile on my face, as does your photo!Smile
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
24 Jun 2014 8:05PM
Thanks Steve - appreciate your words… Grin

capto Plus
6 5.1k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2014 8:34PM
Smashing quality image.Smile

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
24 Jun 2014 8:36PM
Cheers Ivor Grin

teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
24 Jun 2014 10:09PM
Delightful viewing and beautifully taken, Mike - love it, together with the perfect title Smile
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
25 Jun 2014 3:13PM
Thank you Sylvia Grin

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 5:02AM
So sweet!
It'll not go hungry today... Grin
Good capture....
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
26 Jun 2014 4:42PM
Many thanks for taking the time to view and comment Grin

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Jul 2014 8:32PM
A delightful image of this beautiful little nest builder, a real pleasure to view
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
7 Jul 2014 10:12PM
Thanks for taking the time to drop by Ed, appreciated Grin

Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 7:17AM
Love this image!! Smile
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
22 Jul 2014 6:43PM
Thank you Ali Grin

DonMc 9 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2014 7:40PM
Excellent image and text Mike!Smile
Regards Don
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
4 Aug 2014 8:08PM
Cheers Don Grin

DonMc 9 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2014 3:49PM
Hello Mike, I have not seen a Winkstationery Swallow before, it's a little cracker with more colour than one would think!SmileSmile
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
26 Jan 2016 2:41PM
Thank you for your kind words, Don Smile


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