Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Wild Bird Wednesday 493 - Welcome Swallow

I thought this was an appropriate bird with which to start the New Year of WBW!

So, its a Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena).  We have this Swallow with us in SE Australia all year round, and although it is less common in winter,  its presence is not the sign of spring it is with other species of Swallows.

I can only image that this species has had a good breeding season as there were 100s if not 1000s of them at the Western Treatment plant. There were also large numbers of Fairy Martins as well, and one has sneaked into one of the pictures.







 

I know I have been shockingly bad at visiting other blogs of late - this (insert swear word of choice) Covid situation has got inside my head in a bad way, and the numbers here do not make for pleasant reading.  

Anyway - I try to get back to some form of normal soon.

In the mean time, please link up and comment, and feel free to share the WBW page with new bloggers who you know, or ones that you think have forgotten about this little community.   SM

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16 comments:

  1. Hari Om
    A Welcome sight indeed, Stewart!!! Stay strong... YAM xx

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  2. Last photo is my favourite. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.

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  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR Stewart. I certainly hope that 2022 is a better year for everyone. These Swallows are very welcome today and I love the last shot. Thanks for hosting, but take care and have a great week ahead

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  4. Hello Stewart, These Swallow captures are all delightful. They look like young birds! I would link up, but I can't seem to do it. I'll have another go though. All the best, to you and your family. Take care!

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  5. These are skillful captures Stewart I'm wishing you a brilliant year ahead!

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  6. Beautiful photos! Happy New Year to you, and may it bring good health, happiness and peace.

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  7. In the Spring, there's a spot on a river that I always put my kayak in and the Swallows that nest under the bridge are AMAZING, Stewart! Like them, I return every year just to listen and watch!!...jp

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  8. I used to love it when I was mowing and the barn swallows swooped down to get the bugs I was stirring up..Beautiful birds..Good shots !!
    I hope 2022 is better than 2021 but I don't hold out much hope..Stay safe..I've been on a blogging break until today so I have no birdies to share..

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  9. Cute swallows! The latest variant is spreading here so I am avoiding restaurants and crowded stores. I thought things would be better by now.

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  10. Lovely set of photos. Sorry I am far behind on my bird blog though I have managed a few blogs on my photodiary.

    Wishing you all the very best for 2022, keep safe, cheers Diane

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  11. They are a "welcome" set of photos. So many of us are feeling disorganized. My sudden move from Florida to Connecticut has been a bit jarring. The cockatiel in my photo may have its roots in Australia, but certainly has been genetically modified.

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  12. What a nice "Welcome" for our New Year, Stewart!

    Superb photographs!

    Wishing you (and all of us) a better year.

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  13. I like the photo of the swallow with its wings in the air. Sorry to hear Covid is raging there. No fun here either.

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  14. I love swallows... Best wishes for 2022.. Stay safe and happy...

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  15. Hi Stewart, thank you for visiting my blog. Beautiful that the swallows are already in your country. We have to wait till spring.

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