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The Swallow Wall

By jan 1
This wall is specially made for this species of Swallows.
The front is made of brick layers, behind that is a sand wall.
The Swallows are making holes in it, upto 1 metre horizontal deep.
Its unbelieveble how they know their own nest,without doubt.
Its all build on a small island, for not disturbing them.

ps.To much empty forground?
I cropped already 60 metres of water.!
I filled the sky with the last bit of blue ink from my printer. lol

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: Maddie, francisg, ReidFJR and 22 more

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Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 1:41AM
good one jan and interesting write up to
francisg 18 705 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 1:50AM
It is an interesting shot, and I like the description. I would be inclined to do an even closer crop to make the photo more panoramic.
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 1:52AM
Thanks Frank.
I know it could, but not sure it should.
terry_cavner 18 332 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 1:56AM
nice one
cyclopse 18 229
12 Jun 2005 2:08AM
i think the construction is for sand martins not swallows, never seen anything like this before, i like the picture and the write up, maybe a closer crop to emphasise the nesting site

deavilin 18 352 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 2:24AM
Great story about the swallows I bet there is a racket when it is feeding timeSmile
Nice imageSmile

jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 2:26AM
Hi Chris.
I can asure you, they are Swallows.
In Dutch we call them Oever Swaluws (Wall Swallows) I do have a picture (Drawing) posted nearby the wall, where you can read and see how they make their nesting.
I will try to upload it on the modification page.
firzhugh 18 13 New Zealand
12 Jun 2005 2:51AM
very interesting image and description. very nice colours and light
arnieg 18 704 England
12 Jun 2005 2:55AM
interesting write up and description
nice shot
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 3:00AM
Thanks all so far.
Ps. I'll be out for a few hrs.
Still nice weather down here. lol
See you later
arnieg 18 704 England
12 Jun 2005 3:23AM
hi jan have done a mod for you
regards arnie
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 4:55AM
Thanks Arnie, But I see all the Swallows are gone now. lol
CatMouse 19 115 Russian Federation
12 Jun 2005 5:22AM
We think that pic is not very good... Please, see our modification!

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Malik & Mary.
thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
12 Jun 2005 5:23AM
Hi Jan,Brilliant capture,imho i would make this a panoramic shot,giving more of the birds and their special wall detail.Excellent composition and presentation.Take care.AnnSmile
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 5:39AM
Thanks for the modification, Malik and Mary.
Indeed, must admit, MUCH BETTER. Very well detailed. Now you can see, they are NOT swallows, just Cats and Mouses. Lovely couple.!
Thanks Ann. Not a fan of panoramics myself, But I will post one the comming days.
glazzaro 18 70 23 United States
12 Jun 2005 8:03AM
Beautiful shot, looks like a gorgeous day, some nice mods to, I am shocked that you would lead us to believe there are swallows in the wall when in fact there is a cat&mouse! Wink Well done, Spot on! Click!!!

jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
12 Jun 2005 8:15AM
Thanks Greg.
I went back there, one hrs ago.
Captured the posted description readeble (but it is in Dutch. lol)
It says, They are 12 cm / 5 inches long.
White / brown at bottom and a ring on the neck. From March to September in Holland, breathing in April. Not very common any more, but with this kind of walls, comming back yearly to the same nest. By Goverment, people cleaning the nests before they return.
cameragirl 18 43 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 10:01AM
Good composition! Love the colours and lighting!
12 Jun 2005 11:05AM
Lovely Jan, love the colours and thank you for the info, very intreseting.
lizziew 17 5
12 Jun 2005 11:48AM
nice one jan lovely colours and write up..liz
ginz04 18 281 20 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2005 12:56PM
beautiful shot jan
foggytwo 19 36 1 Scotland
12 Jun 2005 1:43PM
Nice capture Jan,I like the low sunlight.The colours are very good too.This must be a great sight when the birds are going in and out of the nests. Well done. Click.
magda_indigo 19 418 England
12 Jun 2005 4:00PM
I think that by leaving the water in you show us the isolation of their place very well, thanx, click (*:*)
Ceciliat 18 6 Philippines
12 Jun 2005 8:49PM
Outstanding capture...
Excellent colours and presentation...
johnjrp 19 432 5 Australia
12 Jun 2005 8:59PM
Hi Jan. Nice shot. Like the lighting off the reeds. click. John
Desh_M 18 410
12 Jun 2005 9:49PM
Very nice details and clarity.
Lovely shot!
PatrickSmith 18 1.2k 2 United States
13 Jun 2005 7:58AM
I have never seen a wall like this. The crop works well. I guess the only way to improve it would be to have a huge zoom lens.
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
13 Jun 2005 11:01AM
Thank you all for the nice comments, folks.
Think I'll give it a try on Digi zoom, that wiil be 400 than, by 1600*1200, still good enough for epz, will see if there is a different when cropped from 3200 pixels.
ps. nice low sunlight at this moment. Give it a try straight away.! Come back soon.
cameragirl 18 43 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2005 8:09AM
Good composition. Love the colours and the lighting....just realised I have already commented above (tut tut)
vparmar 18 7 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2005 5:52AM
Nice one Jan. click
loek 19 1
19 Jun 2005 8:12AM
Hi Jan, as Chris already mentioned oeverzwaluwen are called sand-martins in English. The larger view shows the birds much better than the normal one. Arnieg should have had a better look. I think by tidying-up the sky he killed most of the birds ... I do like his crop.

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