Tuesday, 10 May 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Welcome Swallows.

This type of swallow is the commonest type of swallow in Australia – it’s a Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena). If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you will probably be familiar with the Barn Swallow (H. rustica). The Welcome Swallow lacks the black chest bar of the Bar Swallow, and the underparts are less white – but they behave in very similar ways.
At about Easter each year I often see large flocks of Welcome’s down by Swan Bay Jetty car park – and they seem to like sitting on the wing mirrors of cars! The red in the back ground of the first image is caused by a dense growth of plants in a salt marsh area behind the car park – most of these plants have set seed and have red seed spikes.











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Enjoy the birds.

21 comments:

Arija said...

Great shots Stewart, I've never seen them quite so comfortable around humans before.

Thank you so much for identifying my female Satin Bowerbird. I had never seen one in victoria before. It was quite a thrill to see her.

texwisgirl said...

such cute little birds!

thanks for dropping by my blog today and leaving a comment so i could 'follow you home'. :)

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty, I think the birds love to look at themselves in the car mirrors. Great captures.

FjÀllripan said...

Beautiful birds! Funny that he sat on the car :) The first photo have a very nice background to, lovely coulor :)

Andrew said...

Lovely images of a beautiful summer visitor.

Frank said...

Super images of the arial acrobat that also looks so composed when perched. Very interesting to note the differences in this species.

Al said...

Great images. I love the bird on the car mirror!

Springman said...

I love swallows. How could anyone help but admire the flight of these acrobats and then to see those swept back wings and dazzling colors. WOW!

mick said...

Nice photos and very interesting to see the birds perching on car mirrors.

Marias Teater said...

How lucky with the bird on the car mirror! The first photo is great with red background - I do not know such swallows at all! Oh my, how much I learn on WBW!

KaHolly said...

I came across a swarm of barn swallows down a dirt road near the ocean one afternoon, an old fishing village. There were so many and they were so undaunted by our vehicle, they's land in the road in front of our moving truck and we'd have to stop and wait for them!! They are so beautiful, it was our pleasure.

Bill S. said...

What funny shots. You are right, we have barn swallows that are somewhat like them.

BirdingMaine said...

The name Welcome Swallow would be a fitting name for our northern hemisphere Barn Swallow as its arrival welcomes spring. Great post!

Marissa ♥ said...

That first shot is beautiful! I love the soft red background of the plants. Great series.

Gary said...

Wow he sure came close!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sondra said...

I learn a new bird with almost every click on WBW..this one is super looking!!

joo said...

Beautiful photos!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love swallows and your photos are excellent, lovely to get them landing so close like that

Pat Ulrich said...

Cool shots, love the color of the salt marsh in the backdrop!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

I've been enjoying watching the swallows high overhead, hopefully eating mouthfuls of insects!

texwisgirl said...

these are so cute! love the one sitting on the side mirror. :)