Tuesday, 17 February 2015

WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY - Wire tailed Swallow in Malawi

Yesterday you saw my family ‘throwing a pot’ at Nkhota-Kota Pottery Lodge and above their heads were these Swallow parents dashing in and out feeding their 2 chicks.  You will see  ALL THE ACTION BETTER on the Video BELOW. 

  


CLICK Here if the video does not appear below. After I made this video I found a couple more clips which I will show you next week on WBW.



I hope you enjoyed seeing the parents feeding their young Swallows despite my shaky hand!  It was difficult to hold the camera up for so long especially when Annika, my granddaughter below was asking me questions all the time!

I am linking this post with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

Thank you for visiting and tomorrow I will show you the girls painting the pots they made the day before. (See Mondays Post.)

32 comments:

  1. Nice pictures Margaret, and I loved the vídeo clip. How wonderful that you were able to watch them so closely, Thank you for sharing these special moments.

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  2. Good morning Margaret! Fascinating to see all the activity in your video and your photos are marvelous. All very enjoyable, thank you.

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  3. Good morning, Margaret,
    Beautiful pictures and video of the swallow.
    Good thing you have the conduct of the young birds onto the video.
    Best regards, Irma

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  4. Hello Margaret, I love the cute swallows. Love the photos and the video is adorable! Have a happy day!

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  5. AH, I am looking forward to seeing the return of the swallows to Canada! :)

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  6. Sweet!!! Have a wonderful day, Margaret! blessings ~ tanna

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  7. So sweet! Are those shells embedded in the nest?

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  8. swallows are such pretty birds and the babies are so cute. :)

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  9. Lovely shots of the swallows. I love watching swallows sweep and dip close to the ground as they catch bugs.
    Wendy

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  10. We've been seeing larger and larger gatherings of swallows swarming over the lakes and marshes as they gather fuel for the upcoming Spring migration northward. I'll soon be searching for the few residents who remain to breed here and hope to find their nesting sites for a current census effort.

    Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your wonderful photos and video! Terrific opportunity!

    Have a blessed week!

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  11. Nice video, Margaret - It's always interesting and fun to watch the feeding process.

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  12. Great to see the parent up close with it's chicks.

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  13. I just love the big mouth of the babies ... Nature was making sure Mom and Dad wouldn't miss the target. Wonderful pictures ... love the videw. Our swallows won't be back for awhile, but I always look forward to thier return. Be well, Margaret ...

    Andrea @ Fromn The Sol

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  14. Wonderful video Margaret. Blessings!

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  15. Great photos and video and very interesting to see the birds living so close to people.

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  16. I just saw an amazing swallow nest shot on Pinterest. Bird nests are so amazing.

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  17. They don't seem to mind not having a lot of head room above them. :)
    Wonderful video Margaret!

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  18. Very interesting, Margaret! It's quite a handsome swallow species. I researched swallows for a little while last year and they are thought to have evolved in Africa, as that is where the greatest number of species live. I bet there's quite a few varieties in Malawi!

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  19. Love the way you captured the bird and its nest. I have never seen a bird build this type of nest. Would be great to see.

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  20. Your swallows are so pretty! We are fortunate enough to have some Welcome Swallows (I have no idea what the differences are!) around our house and they are so graceful in the air.

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  21. Great shots of parent and nestling. They are similar to our Welcome Swallow which is not really ours anyway. Such pretty, graceful little birds.

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  22. I recall seeing Wire-tailed Swallows in Kenya Margaret. Your pictures and video brought back fine memories of Africa. Thank You.

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  23. Great fun to watch the swallows ... And what an amazing multi tasking woman you are.... Videoing and photographing the pot throwing, and the swallows all while answering your granddaughters questions!

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  24. Amazing little birds Margaret, soon be time for our visitors.

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  25. Just delightful! How great to get to see the feeding happening above your heads!

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  26. so great to be able to ee them at such a young age :)

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  27. Great shots and video - the nests that these types of bird build are remarkable really.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  28. They are just soo sweet...I think they have one of the sweetest faces of all the birds.

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