White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)
Common to South Africa which has benefited from the increased nesting opportunities presented by the construction of bridges and dams.
The swallow breeds in southern Africa from Angola and Zambia southwards to the Cape in South Africa. Winters in Angola, Zambia and southern Zaire. This is a bird of open country and grassland, with a preference for highlands and nearby water. It is often found around man-made structures.
It builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a soft lining of grass or hair. Usually near or over water. The nest is often reused for next years brood.
The three eggs of a clutch are white with brown and blue blotches, and are hatched by the female alone for 15–16 days. Both parents then feed the chicks. Fledging takes another 20–21 days
The young can swim a short distance to safety if they fall from the nest into water, now that could be a photo op.
It feeds mainly on flying insects, which it pursues with a fast twisting flight