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Skimming swallows

Four little black dots – the swallows at rest

I was in the pool for an afternoon swim when I became aware of the swallows’ twitter becoming very loud.

Four of them were swirling round and coming in low over the water.

Mostly they just broke the surface with their wing tips, but one darker-coloured swallow dipped its breast and actually got quite wet each time. I was on standby for a rescue.

After a few fly-bies, they had a brief rest on the nearby electricity cables before starting round again.

Eventually they went swooping away over the valley.

I’d noticed there were fewer insects landing in the pool – this must be the reason!

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