White–throated Swallow.

White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)

Tired of being the focus of attention? Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of all the photographers? Sick and tired of the paparazzi? 

Then build your nest in the local bird hide, next to the dam….


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The White-throated Swallow builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a soft lining of grass or hair. It is usually near or over water, and is built on a ledge under an overhang on a rock face or on a man-made structure such as a building, dam wall, culvert or bridge. Uninhabited buildings are preferred to houses. The nest may be reused for subsequent broods or in later years. (kindly supplied by Wikipedia)

44 thoughts on “White–throated Swallow.

  1. This is a sight for sore eyes. I love swallows they are cheerful, kind and playful. They would nest under our eaves and we would watch the babies as they fledged the nest. They would follow along behind my husband as he mowed the lawn looking for a quick meal. Wonderful shots.

  2. Cute and beautiful … we build home like theirs today .. hanging and … god knows what .. they come up with – swallow nest but be the strongest of them all .. we had one nest – and they come back every year .. for so long as I lived with my grandparents. Lovely little post.

  3. A great use for uninhabited buildings! We have little birds that like making nests on our veranda. I’m torn as to whether or not to leave them there because they attract the snakes 😦

  4. Oh, I love swallows and these photo’s you took are absolutely amazing bulldog! Have you ever watched them building their nest? It’s so amazing! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photo’s. Love them! πŸ™‚ *hugs*

    • Is it not wonderful that this bird will make it’s nest in one of the busiest places I know… and then still have to fly in and out amid the crowd…

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