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Summer Swallows

If one swallow doesn’t make a summer, then I think I can safely say summer arrived today (even though it may be short lived).

With the sun shining I headed over to Sheepcote Valley this afternoon. As always I have my eyes open for kestrels (I saw one, way up high), but it was the swooping swallows that caught my eye. This season’s broods have now fledged and the adults were in frenzy of insect catching to feed countless hungry mouths. The fledglings were in smalls groups, perching on low bushes along the side of Brighton race track. There were sheep grazing in the valley, but they were happy to ignore me as I settled down for a long afternoon of swallow-watching.

I’m still working through the shots I took, but here are a few that I’ve processed quickly and am blogging now as otherwise I may never catch up!

fledgling swallows

Four fledgling swallows waiting patiently to be fed.

Adult swallow feeding fledgling

Adult swallow feeding fledgling

adult swallow feeding fledgling

Adult delivering an insect meal

Adult swallow feeding fledgling

Adult swallow feeding fledgling

Fledgling swallow

Fledgling swallow

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Swallows at Seven Sisters

In keeping with my new found discipline of keeping posts relatively well-focused (though I can’t always manage that with the camera), here’s a selection of photos of swallows seen today at Seven Sisters.

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swallows

swallows

swallows

Meanwhile our mini heatwave is continuing, with temperatures up in the mid-70s°F, but thankfully no sign of the storms that punctuated the heat towards the end of last week. The weather looks set to continue for several more days at least. Are we actually going to have a summer this year?

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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