Rare chance to Photograph Baby Birds

While on our travels this summer, we visited Porlock in Somerset. It’s a lovely little place with friendly people, a picturesque village and a visitor centre. Imagine my surprise when I saw a swallow flitting in and out of the  porch there, looked up and spied these swallows.


At least that’s what I think they are. Of course, if you know different…let me know, please! Here’s a close-up picture of the babies. All I could do, technique-wise, was steady the camera, point in the right direction, get someone to tell me when mum (or dad) was coming in and shoot with fingers crossed.

Baby Swallows?

Next Blog…Drowned forest at Porlock bay.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 47whitebuffalo
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 20:47:03

    I have to say they’re lovely.
    On my morning walk I noticed a distinct LACK of birds despite all the trees. We in North America are losing our birds. We’re destroying their habitats everywhere. Bird feeders are not enough.


  2. chriscaff
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 20:59:41

    No, they’re not. Bird’s migration patterns have changed here, so we see far less swallows and other migratory birds. Habitats have changed, but a lot is being done here to improve things, where they understand the problems. See http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/decline/index.aspx


  3. randywornhole
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 08:39:13

    fantastic view into a normally hidden world. Thanks for sharing, one piece of equipment that you have that the ameteur with a digi camera or camera phone have’t…..a creative heart and eye. keep up the good work xx


  4. Jon Vagg
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 16:12:13

    I remember you taking these shots. It was a real combination of opportunity and luck – the nest was in the low eaves of a public building, but the light was against you and you only had onboard flash, plus the adult moved really quickly! Under the circumstances these are amazing shots!


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