A spot of bird photography
Photographing house martins feeding chicks is a tad tricky as the whole process from flying in to feeding to flying out takes little more than a second.
These were taken in the evening but the soundtrack of the birds was recorded at 5.36 am as there was no ambient noise at that time (I was near a busy road and the East Coast railway line).
Here are a few facts about house martins
- They’re summer migrants to the UK (apart from some areas in north and west Scotland) from April to October when they return to Africa
- There are about 510,000 breeding pairs in the UK
- They’re found around towns and villages
- Both males and females build nests of mud collected from streams and ponds. The male lines the nest with feathers but…
- …three quarters of nests contain chicks fathered by another male
- They return to the same nest sites each year
- They feed on insects on the wing
- They usually have two broods a year each consisting of four or five chicks
- Both sexes incubate the eggs and feed the chicks which hatch after two to three weeks
- The chicks fledge after about five weeks
So there you go. If you’d like some tips on bird photography by all means get in touch and we’ll have a chat
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