During my stroll at Hatfield Forest yesterday I noticed a swallows nest in the fishermen’s shelter. The adult birds seemed completely at ease, flying in and out to feed their little ones. Today I returned with a longer lens and spent an hour or so over lunchtime watching and photographing the nest.
Eventually three youngsters peered inquisitively over the edge of the nest at me. I guess they’re used to being ignored by most visitors, eating their lunches below, so they seemed puzzled to see me and my camera.
Whenever Mum or Dad flew in with bugs for their little ones there was great excitement and the three chicks squawked loudly to persuade the parent to feed them over the other two. I presume these birds must be a second or third brood, as it won’t be too long before the swallows’ autumn migration begins. Let’s hope they continue to flourish and are strong enough to join their parents on their first big journey!
16 August 2019