While they are not the classic harbingers of spring that they are in the Northern Hemisphere, the "welcome" in the name relates to their arrival in greater numbers at the end of winter. I am not surprised if one flashes past in winter, seeking out late flying insects, but they are more common in summer. Many of the birds from southern Australia, and especially Tasmania head north, in the winter and it is these that are the welcome returnees of spring.
At first glance they do look similar to the Swallow of much of Europe - technically The Barn Swallow - but they lack the dark band that splits the red neck from the pale chest.
I found this group of young birds waiting in anticipation for the return of there parents last weekend - and I thought it was another chance to use the "panorama" format of picture. The final image shows a nest that I found in the covered parking of our favourite pizza place! (And yes, I did pop back home for the camera!)
Over to you for the next part!
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they are really cute. that last shot made me smile. :)ReplyDelete
thanks for hosting, stewart.
Pretty little birds!ReplyDelete
What a quaint name for a bird which welcomes spring for us in the Southern Hemisphere. We, too, are noticing many swallows. Grant says they're starting to nest under the eaves of his office. Your photos are stunningly clear and colorful, Stewart. I will link my paler photographed post tomorrow (Wed, East African time) Have a great day. JoReplyDelete
That's a great name and that last shot is awesome. Pizza indeed:) Just learned something new again today. Thanks for sharing your work. They do look so much like our Barn Swallows.ReplyDelete
Een heerlijke blog wat een heerlijke vogeltjes maar het nestje spant de kroon.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots, so clear! And how cute are they all in their nest? Love it!ReplyDelete
They are very similar to our Swallows. really great pictures. From FindlayReplyDelete
I love Swallow babies ... and yes your babies do look like our Barn Swallow babies. I agree with the other comments that the name is as precious as the birds themselves. I'm with you ... I would have gone home for my camera as well:)ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
The Welcome Swallows do remind me of barn swallows. They do mean spring and summer here near Toronto, for sure.ReplyDelete
I love swallows..they move fast and are hard to get good shots of...love the pizza!cheers.ReplyDelete
so cute! that always happens when you didn't take the camera.ReplyDelete
Great photos of lovely little birds - but oh! I have experienced the mess they make when they decide to nest on your house!ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart. Lovely little bird especially the last shot.ReplyDelete
they're a delightful little bird; you got some beaut snaps of them Stewart.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots- that last one was a bit messy!!ReplyDelete
They do look as if they are sitting there carrying on some conversation while they wait.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful capture of the 'pizza chicks.'
Love the nest Stewart!!ReplyDelete
I love these birds!ReplyDelete
Beautiful are your birds photos!ReplyDelete
Greetings, RW & SK
So cute these little birds!ReplyDelete
Stewart, the swallows are a cute sign of spring. They are one of my favorite birds here. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!ReplyDelete
So beautiful! They look like a big happy family.ReplyDelete
They are sweet, patiently waiting for dinner there. I like swallows, but as last picture shows, would just as soon not have them nesting in my "barn."ReplyDelete
Those little Swallows have such sweet faces!ReplyDelete
These are great shots! Swallows are one of my favorites. The best time to photograph them around here is in spring and early summer.ReplyDelete
Those reeds are a proper playground with all the youngsters sat there.... last image was well worth dashing home forReplyDelete
Such beautiful little birds . Glad you were able to get your camera and capture them Stewart :)ReplyDelete
I really like the format. Great shots, love the babies!ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart...what a group of cuties, I love these birds!!ReplyDelete
The last one is adorable, well minus the all the poop!! : )
Wonderful little birds, especially the chicks at the pizza parlor! I'm enjoying reading your mentions of spring, as we head towards winter here. Keep 'em coming!ReplyDelete
Pretty swallows. Cute little faces peeking out of the nest.ReplyDelete
Pizza chicks--that cracks me up!! I like the barn swallows and the other ones too. fun to watch them swooping down and across our pond after bugs. MBReplyDelete
Nice pics Stewart, I can't waite to see the Swallows back with us again.ReplyDelete
All the best Gordon,
Cute little swallows!ReplyDelete
They do look very similar to barn swallows. Interesting. Cool flight photos. Thank you for hosting the meme! Oh, cute chicks, too. :)ReplyDelete
Great captures, Stewart. I photographed some last week too. I must post them up soon.ReplyDelete
Lovely little family :) Very pretty birds!ReplyDelete
I love to see those birds darting around in the Summer. Pretty photos.ReplyDelete
Great captures. Especially liked the full nest. I really enjoy my barn swallows in the summer.ReplyDelete
What great shots of those youngsters all lined up!ReplyDelete
You really got lucky on bird wednesday. The Swallows are really a nice bird.ReplyDelete
Along with Cedar Waxwings, Swallows top the list of my favorites of small birds. Your images show them as I enjoy them, out doing their thing. I met someone with a nest beneath her garage this past season, but they traveled, we traveled, and I missed the experience, but there is always next season~ReplyDelete
Love those...especially the nest!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures of the swallows Stewart.ReplyDelete
Here they are all left to the south.
Amei essa blogagem coletiva, muito lindo todos os pássaros, parabéns pela iniciativa!!!
Feliz e Abençoado Dia!!!
Such adorable swallows! I really like these birds!ReplyDelete
Awww... Swallows are one of my favorites! Love the nest photo!!ReplyDelete
Every Spring i'm waiting for the Swallows to arrive in my country!!!They look the same with our's!!Wonderful pictures Stewart!!ReplyDelete
This looks so great! It is so good to see you posting again! Ok so I'm guessing you mean the next post????? I'm sooooo excited for that one!!!ReplyDelete
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