The Amazing Swallow

This little bird travels 6000 miles from Africa to the UK around April, and is seen as the sign of Spring starting.

We see it arrive here on the site every year and it makes nests from mud sand straw in the stables. If it is dry around the nest area, I put water into hollows in the track outside with some straw in, just to get them started.

Swallow using the straw I put down

The Swallow covers 200 miles a day on its journey from Africa to the UK.

To build the nest it takes 1200 journeys back and forth with mud and straw.

I love the challenge of any flying bird. To capture a bird in flight is so rewarding.

I have managed to get some over the years that I am very proud of.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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