Although I’m spending most of my time looking at seabirds, it’s hard not to notice some of the other visitors to the area at times.  With the recent cold and overcast weather the migrating Swifts have been brought in nice and low, giving an amazing opportunity to observe their acrobatic antics.

swiftThe wings of these birds are surprisingly translucent and they show just how long the outer feathers are- extending the rather short arms into long scythe shapes which slice through the air whilst they hunt for insects.  I would love to get some video of these birds but they are way too fast, at times too fast for binoculars and they leave me stood in the middle of the whirling flock of screeching midge control.


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  1. Great shot!


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