Sand Martin

sand martinThis picture is a bit of a cheat…  Desite there being a good stream of martins coming through Skomer this spring I haven’t found the time to get a good picture of them.  So this is an image from last season, which has had a bit of a brush up in Lightroom.  These guys spend a lot of time around the water bodies on Skomer, snapping up the flies that gather there and fuelling up for the next step of their migration.  It can be a bit bewildering with the constant Swallows, House and Sand Martins filing past on a sunny day but these guys tend to be a bit “Sandier” in colour and have that nice collar of colour to separate them from the other birds.  Even so, counting how many have gone through in a day for the records can be a bit of a challenge.

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