bird spotting

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Swallow მერცხალი

Swallow მერცხალი

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer” but as its August and day time temperatures regularly hit 

40°C, I think it is definitely summer. Yesterday our windows were wide open and I heard a lot of twittering outside, on investigating I found four swallows on our laundry pole. 

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Early version of Twitter

I love watching the swallows fly around but it also makes me sad, as I remember watching swallows with my late ex-wife one September in the French lake district. 

One swallow family are nesting on the third floor of our apartment block.

swallow nest

swallow nest

Capturing them in flight is more tricky, as they move so quickly.

swallow in flight (blurred)

swallow in flight (blurred)

The swallow has a high slightly mechanic “t-weet” and a twittering song uttered on the wing or on a vantage point like our laundry pole.

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swallow Hirundo rustica

Swallow

swallow

swallow

Swallows make me sad. I love watching them but when I see them I remember watching them in France with my late first wife. Here in Tbilisi there are abundant swallows in the summer, we even have a couple nesting in our block.