Bird on a Wire

Swallow 1

So, if you were wondering what the European Swallow actually looked like, after my post Swift, here are some better shots of the little bird.

Swallow 2

Having taken literally hundreds of photos of the fast little bird on the wing, I was very happy to find one just sitting on the telephone wire when I looked up when hanging out the washing!

Swallow 3

In the photo below there is a faint hint of the lovely blue I believe they have on their head and backs, but colours are muted against such a bright sky! You can also see just how long their wings are.

Swallow 4

At first I thought there was only the one bird, so I took many photos of that. Then I noticed there were two more birds on the other telephone wire!

Swallow 5

Another day when I was hanging out washing again, I spotted five swallows above me on the wires. It was a grey cloudy day so the photos are not as clear.

Swallow 6

They were all busy preening their feathers. It is very important to keep their flight feathers in good working order to be able to execute those swift turns on the wing.

Swallow 7

One bird had very long tail feathers. I don’t know if he was an adult and the others were more junior, but they did seem to give him respect.

Swallow 8

One of the youngsters is even pointing his wing at the big guy! See Below.

Swallow 9

Bird on the Wire is a well-known song written and performed by Leonard Cohen. I like this version, sung by the Neville Brothers; Bird on a Wire.Β Their song appears in the 1990 action/comedy movie Bird on a Wire, starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.

 

38 thoughts on “Bird on a Wire

  1. Ady

    Swift has razor wings !! Befitting name for the bird. The one with even sharper wings looks gives an impression of fighter plane πŸ˜€

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  2. taphian

    I love these birds a lot. When they come here, the summer starts. We have a proverb here which says: One swallow doesn’t make a summer yet. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚
      Yes I remember the saying also from UK πŸ™‚
      I’m sure the swallows will be thinking about heading your way soon πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much for saying so πŸ™‚
      I couldn’t zoom in any more and the light was bad, but I’m glad you could see the tail. πŸ™‚

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  3. Garfield Hug

    You must have a good zoom lense to do such a good shot of the swallow. Indeed the wings are long and I never realise this. A new fact you sharedπŸ˜‰. Interesting that in CT you still have telephone poles. Ours have made way to underground with switch stations in big metal cabinets. I think lil red dot is small and easier to put all underground when compared to the expanse of land in S Africa and costly to dig underground.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you GH πŸ™‚ It was just my little Canon camera, no zoom, but I was standing right underneath the Swallows. πŸ˜€
      We do have underground telephone stuff too (they are starting to put in fibre optic cables) but there is a pole to your house. I guess it is cost and as you point out – size.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I saw some just now walking LM – so ours haven’t left here just yet. Mind you, with average daily temps of 20-24C, it’s gotta be a tad warmer here than there! πŸ˜€

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