As autumn starts to find its feet here, many birds start to move north for the winter (remember I'm in the southern hemisphere!). Our summer waders are heading to the far, far north and some birds just move north within Australia.
One bird that leaves parts of Australia at this time of year is the Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena). While the "welcome" part of the name is a reference to the birds arrival in the spring, the area where I live never entirely losses its Swallows in the winter. A few hang around, hawking for what ever they can find.
As a result, I am more likely to notice the swallows leaving than returning. Most, if not all, of the birds from Tasmania move north for the winter and if you happen to be on the coast of the mainland of Australia at this time of year you can see them gathering in flocks as the arrive and take a break before moving on.
On the last day of our week away we woke to find over 150 or so Welcome Swallows around the house. An hour later they we all gone. I have seen this type of behaviour before - and it makes me think about my own migration!
When the birds were not on the wing they rested on a wire fence behind the house - when they sat there I was reminded of musical notes on staves! I don't know what tune the swallow notes were writing, but they looked great. As soon as I saw how the fence looked through the viewfinder of the camera I knew that these images would work well in "panorama" format.
These images really do need to be clicked on so you can see a larger version.
Now its your turn - click on the link below and off you go!
Oh, Swallows are the sweetest little birds - Great shots! "Birds on a Wire". LOLReplyDelete
they are SO precious!ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots. When they fly are those sixteenth notes or 32nd notes?ReplyDelete
I love Swallows ... yours look a lot like our Barn Swallows. They make nests in our boat lifts here and keep our yards clear of mosquitos. These are really cute pictures, Stewart and I like your musical analogy ... They do sing a pretty song :) Be well, and have a wonderful week.ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
Now you have me humming, but I haven't quite figured out the song yet. Those images are so delightful, and you're right, lightbox is the way to view them.ReplyDelete
I do love your "birds on a wire" and such beautiful birds they are! Great shots for the day, Stewart!! Hope your week is going well!!ReplyDelete
Oh my word! Birds on a wire are SO striking! Glad you had a good weekend. Thanks for hosting this meme which I love joining. My link arrives tomorrow (Wednesday in Africa) Greetings, JoReplyDelete
geweldig zo op een rijtje,het staat ook heel gezellig.ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos and and a lovely melody played by birds :)ReplyDelete
I enjoyed your reference to musical notes Stewart. This is a lovely 'musical' piece. Great photos!ReplyDelete
Fabulous pic of such wonderful birds. I've seen a few in my area but they so rarely land!ReplyDelete
Sweet little birds! I haven't seen swallows yet, but they have returned here too.ReplyDelete
Oh, you got some great shots...love them!ReplyDelete
Our Swallows started arriving back a few weeks ago and the House Martins came home last Tuesday. I really like your pictures of the on the wire. From FindlayReplyDelete
To have them lined up on the fencing like this is precious!!! Gotta love it.ReplyDelete
thanks for visiting today Stewart.
Beautiful photos! They behave like ours in Norway!ReplyDelete
What cool shots!ReplyDelete
Very Nice shotsReplyDelete
I love how they all hang out togetherReplyDelete
on the line.
Great shots and a wellcome to the Swallows.ReplyDelete
Lovely shots but it must have been cold, they are so puffed up. No wonder they are moving north. When we had a house cow, we also has over a hundred swallows resident. They would 'graze' the dam as the mosquitos rose from the water.ReplyDelete
They are cute swallows, similar to our Barn Swallows. Great shots! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week ahead!ReplyDelete
Swallows are one of my favorites! These are great photos...I really like the wire perches!ReplyDelete
the swallows are tireless workers aren't they when mud-building their nest - I think they're really sweet. Great photos Stewart and nice to get away and enjoy the beautiful weather we've been havingReplyDelete
Beautiful and you are right panorama is perfect. These swallows are so cute, very social and very funny to watch. We have them up here, perhaps this is where they are headed.ReplyDelete
I like the photos of your little "musical notes"! Interesting about their migration too.ReplyDelete
Fantastic shots, I really like the panorama view.ReplyDelete
oh, these swallows are adorable. and they do look like musical notes on a staff. some great shots. hope all is well.ReplyDelete
Cute! I'm humming, Bird On The Wire.ReplyDelete
Ah... I can just imagine the melodies of the choir on the wire. Lovely pictures. Thanks for hosting. ~Marlee~ReplyDelete
Love your photos of the swallows lined up on the wire. Nice shots!ReplyDelete
What beautiful little creatures!ReplyDelete
Cute! They do look like notes on a scale.ReplyDelete
Lovely little beauties and great shots of them. Thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures of the swallows, Stewart.ReplyDelete
Here in the Netherlands, the swallows arrived again.
The other species of the swallow has arrived yet.
Loads and loads of Swallows, excellent shots.ReplyDelete
Your photographs are stunning, Stewart! Phenomenal!ReplyDelete
Fantastic pictures there Stewart. Its interesting to see this familiar species from a 'Southern perspective' as they are residents here up north.ReplyDelete
Swallows are beautiful birds. Love them all lined up on the wire. Enlarged they are awesome! I've tried to get shots of the swallows nesting in Bro O's barn. No luck yet!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting Wild bird Wednesday! Wonderful series of photos.ReplyDelete
Their little expressions or precious. Like, "Who ya looking at?"ReplyDelete
Great shots, Stewart. Those swallows look like notes on a stave.ReplyDelete
Their formation on the wires does remind me of sheet music. Beautiful photos. The cropping works well here too.ReplyDelete
Sweet little bug eating birds. Our Tree Swallows have returned but the Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) haven't showed up yet. Soon though. MBReplyDelete
your swallow look a bit like barn swallows except for the short tail. Lovely images. Did you try to play?ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I just love the first one- that truly needs to be framed!ReplyDelete
Lovely pictures.. I love Swallows.. Congrats.ReplyDelete
These are great. Such cute little birds. Very different from the Swallows we have around here. These have such "fluffy" little feathers and just look so adorable sitting on those wires.ReplyDelete
These birds on the wire are so cute! And your photos amazing!!ReplyDelete
Great shots. They really were gathering there.ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots of these beautiful birds. I love seeing them all lined up.ReplyDelete
It's so hard to get a good photo of swallows. Unless you are Stewart! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for this meme.ReplyDelete
Another great set of shots.ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart, I linked to this post again, today as I had more birds to share before I go out to South Africa this weekend. Greetings. JoReplyDelete
All lined up just waiting for you to click!!!! This is precious and was worth the time!!!!...:)JPReplyDelete
Oh my gosh!! This is gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
We see this at our local lake. My daughter took a shot of around six in a row on the railing. We had it blown up on canvas for her room.
These are really fantastic bird photographs ..Birds tend to be at their most active at either end of the day, and can often disappear during the middle of the day.ReplyDelete