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One swallow does not a summer make. And neither do three or four!

24 May 2014

For many people, the first glimpse of a swallow signifies the onset of summer. Well, the weather's been cold, often wet and more than a wee bit windy of late so this old saying is definitely not true!

Swallows spend the winter months in southern Africa and arrive here usually some time in late April-May. They are small birds with blue backs, red throats, pale under parts and distinctive tail streamers. Males and females are similar in appearance but the streamers of females are shorter than those on males. They are fantastically graceful in flight and spend most of the their time on the wing catching insects. My camera skills are no where near good enough to take a photo of a swallow in flight, but I did manage to take a snap when a trio of birds were roosting in the evening.A trio of swallows roosting at night

 

It wasn't long before another bird joined the group and snuggled up for the night.Room for another? Four swallows roosting at night

 

Gina

 



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