Each year swallows from around the area join up before making their journey south as their annual migration. We have a series of power and phone lines that seem to offer a good resting place, before setting off.
Swallows waiting to migrate
This year was no exception even though the weather was terrible. I have often wondered how they manage to identify our specific post and power lines from all the others around but they evidently do.
The other morning we woke up to several hundred birds sitting on the lines waiting for the off. They were shivering in the pouring rain but they still allowed me around an hour to get the camera out and try and take some snaps.
Swallow in the rain
As you can see by the rain drops captured in the images the rain was quite heavy. As such it was so dark that only the odd shot was any good due to the low light levels.
Swallows waiting in the rain
Sadly the images of the departure were too out of focus, but it was very impressive. The whole group just setting off. There did not seem to be any distinctive leader, but their must have been as the flight was so coordinated. There was a couple of false starts – maybe waiting for stragglers. Then they were off for another year. Probably thinking good riddance of all this cold and wet, off to the nice warm sun.
We look forward to seeing you next year..
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