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The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - The Swallow

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds #2 – The Swallow

Since this Ladybird book was published we’ve been to the moon, we’ve entered the computer age, there’s been huge urbanisation, the human population has more than doubled and we’ve caused mass destruction of habitat and extinction of species. What’s happened to Swallows in that time?

Swallows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Swallows in the air

We are wandering around Matera, a city in the south of Italy watching the Swallows. The city is vast and seemingly empty, …


Waiting impatiently

This morning the young Swallows are huddling on the toilet window ledge. This time I try photographing them with a Nikon D300 …



It won’t be long before the Swallows have gone – they’re Summer visitors here. I’ve spent another morning watching them feed. They …

Young Swallow clinging on

Clinging on

Families of young swallows are fledging and cling to the window ledges of Einar in the strong winds.

Young Swallow

Twittering and chattering

It’s early in the morning and I can hear the sudden twittering and chattering of birds. It’s so loud it must be …

Summer Visitors

Summer Visitors

It’s wonderful to see that the Swallows who visit Orkney in the Summer to breed have done so well. There are at …