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Swallow…!!!

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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Comments


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

Richard

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tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2014 9:15PM
A fine shot Mike, but your write-up is definitely something specialSmile


Adrian
Teaka53 2 2 England
20 Jun 2014 9:47PM
WOW, that is one superb shot
Mollycat Plus
2 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.
Peter.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
20 Jun 2014 10:34PM
Super shot and narrative Mike.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinRon
Greyheron Plus
14 282 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

Mike
20 Jun 2014 11:27PM
Great write up Mike, brilliant capture too..Lin
taggart Plus
11 46 12 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 Plus
9 195 18 Greece
21 Jun 2014 6:21AM
A cracking capture. Carol
21 Jun 2014 8:48AM
Super close up image of this nest builder

Brian
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
21 Jun 2014 12:47PM
Many thanks for your interest and support Grin

Mike
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 8:34AM
very impressive image and what a mouthful
Lillian
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
23 Jun 2014 6:09PM
Thank you Lillian Grin

Mike
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!......to see them return and think of what they have achieved always puts a smile on my face, as does your photo!Smile
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
24 Jun 2014 8:05PM
Thanks Steve - appreciate your words… Grin

Mike
capto Plus
4 3.9k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2014 8:34PM
Smashing quality image.Smile

ivor
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
24 Jun 2014 8:36PM
Cheers Ivor Grin

Mike
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
24 Jun 2014 10:09PM
Delightful viewing and beautifully taken, Mike - love it, together with the perfect title Smile
Sylvia
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
25 Jun 2014 3:13PM
Thank you Sylvia Grin

Mike
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 5:02AM
So sweet!
It'll not go hungry today... Grin
Good capture....
IB
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
26 Jun 2014 4:42PM
Many thanks for taking the time to view and comment Grin

Mike
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 Jul 2014 8:32PM
A delightful image of this beautiful little nest builder, a real pleasure to view
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
7 Jul 2014 10:12PM
Thanks for taking the time to drop by Ed, appreciated Grin

Mike
glenalva Plus
10 338 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2014 7:17AM
Love this image!! Smile
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
22 Jul 2014 6:43PM
Thank you Ali Grin

Mike
DonMc 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2014 7:40PM
Excellent image and text Mike!Smile
Regards Don
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
4 Aug 2014 8:08PM
Cheers Don Grin

Mike
DonMc 7 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
Don
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
26 Jan 2016 2:41PM
Thank you for your kind words, Don Smile

Mike

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