Welcome Swallows

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Subject: Welcome Swallows
From: jenny spry <>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:54:20 +1000
Hi all,

Welcome Swallows are feeding on larvae in the roadside pools on 29 Mile Rd
at the WTP (Vic) Western Lagoons again. About 30 birds were hovering over
the pools and plunging their heads below the surface. I noticed that after
each attack where the head was immersed deeply into the water the birds
swung their heads 180º. It appears that they do this to remove water from
their faces.

I have received reports of this behaviour from Warrnambool, WTP, Dandenong
and Anderson’s Inlet, all along the south coast of Victoria. Has anyone
seen this type of feeding behaviour from any other place? NSW? SA? Tas?
Central Vic?

I have put a series of new photos on my blog. They aren’t the best quality
but have you ever tried to photography a fast flying, zipping and dipping
swallow and catch it, not only in focus but in focus at a precise
milli-second over a shaded pond – and then maintain focus for a series of 3
or 4 photos? Aaaaagh! (smile). It is a challenge though so the next half
decent day I will go back and try again.



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