Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 125 - Welcome Swallow

This will be a very brief post this week due to a rather hurried work trip to Sydney - oh the glamour!

While I was out and about at a very dry section of the Point Cook Wetlands near Melbourne this weekend, I paid a visit to a bird hide.  The hide over looks what is sometimes a lake - but on this day it was a grassland!

However, I did have a great look at a pair of Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena) feeding their young.  When I saw where they had built their nest - just over a poster on urban birds - I had to smile - and then I saw a coincidence that really did make me laugh.

Apart from a crop in to wide angle this is not manipulated!


This one does need to be clicked on.

Now its over to you - click on the blue button to join in with WBW.

42 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

swallows are just adorable birds and their babies are so cute! love their bug-eating ways, too.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful to see you have them...

Margaret Adamson said...

Looks as if they are breeding well down under. Thanks for hosting

EG CameraGirl said...


I'm a fan of swallows!

Andrea Priebe said...

Your Welcome Swallow is just like our Barn Swallow. We have them here on the lake (though there are no barns) because there are plenty of insects to feed on. They make their nests under the boat lift covers. I love the swallows ... they are beautiful and helpful in keeping the insect population down. Now your little pair must have thought they three is not a crowd ... I laughed too ... what are the chances? Great shot, Stewart :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

ahhhhh

I think it is an awesome gift to be allowed to host nature. The Carolina Wrens love my carport.

Cheers

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

So nice to experience spring for a second time this year. The good thing that here in Florida much of the winter is like spring, only not as much rain! Yes, clicking on that photo really brings out the poster as part of the story.

Revrunner said...

Well, this is a great aid for identification.

Sylvia K said...

They are so beautiful and how great to have them near and get to be their host!! Love it!! Hope your week is going well, Stewart!!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

How perfect is that! The swallows are cute birds.

Sharon Wagner said...

That poster really brings the story to life. Literally!

Chris Rohrer said...

That name always gets me......Welcome Swallows:) Just to remind you that the seasons are a changing:)

Nora said...

I love the swallows, lovely shot! Hope to see more photos. cheers and I am back.

eileeninmd said...

I like the name Welcome Swallows! They are cute birds! Great shot! Thank you for hosting! Enjoy the rest of your week!

mick said...

Great photo of the swallows in the nest. I also love their bug-eating ways!

Linda W. said...

Welcome swallow - what a nice name for a bird. Great capture of the momma in her nest.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Sweet. I love watching them build their nest too

Gail Dixon said...

Precious baby swallows! Thanks so much for hosting the meme!

bailey-road.com said...

Aren't they clever! They picked a perfect spot.
Wonderful find, Stewart.

CountryMouse said...

I hadn't even read, just looked at the pic and I thought what a spot they chose ... love that they are near a pic of themselves.
How lucky are you to have a nest nearby.

Lee said...

The sweetest little things...I have a story to tell about swallows...I will write it in my blog one day soon. You often kick-start a memory for me, Stewart. :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

"Build nest here," the birdies read.

Great pic, Stewart!
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Marie said...

Beautiful swallow! It chose the perfect spot for its nest! Have fun on your excursion!

Susan (ABON) said...

What an ideal spot they chose for their nest! Swallows are so pretty...wish there were more in our area. Thanks for hosting, Stewart!

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Really cute birds, and so funny that they made they nest right by a poster of them!

Felicia said...

she is so pretty. she should have been about 6 inches to the right.

too cute

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful! I love to see the swallows arrive and their crazy flying is very entertaining to watch.

pattisjarrett said...

Swallows are such pretty birds. They must have felt right at home, having their personalized shingle hung there.

Irma said...

Beautiful picture of the swallow, Stewart.
Lovely to see this, here in the Netherlands we to wait until April then they come back.
Best regards, Irma

Mary Hone said...

They are so cute. I love the colors of swallows.

BumbleVee said...

Awwww... how cute is that? ......

Millie and Walter said...

How funny that they built their nest right next to their picture. At least you can id them easily. ;-)

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, I really don't know how to spell...that noise someone makes when inhaling from excitement...but that was my reaction to this shot!!!!...:)JP

Brian King said...

LOL! They chose an appropriate spot! Swallows are one of my favorite subjects!

babsjeheron said...

Very endearing photo, Stewart, how clever of those swallows to choose that spot to nest!

Phil Slade said...

It did make me wonder which came first, the nest or the poster. Well spotted Stewart.

Thanks for the chance to join in World Bird Wednesday again.

ladyfi said...

Sweet shot.

Wally Jones said...

Now THAT's a real birding moment! Nothing like a picture of Welcome Swallows to make Welcome Swallows feel -- well, Welcome!

Now, if you hang a mirror in there the poor things will REALLY be confused!

Nice capture, Stewart!

Hannah said...

I guess the swallows took the hint. Cute post. The mother swallow seems to have a smile on her face. I love to see them fly, and think about the insects they are eating.

Jen said...

Beautiful bird, and I'm impressed with the building skills.

Anni said...

Hi Stewart....

Thanks so much for linking in at the Bird D'Pot this weekend. Your participation is appreciated!!!

I do love watching the swallows.

Pat Tillett said...

It was a good photo anyway and when I enlarged on it, it was a great photo!
Very nice Stewart!