Before checking our nets for the third time, I decided to have wander up to the 'poo filters' to see if anything was about, Janet hates the smell but decided to join me. As we approached, a flock of hirundines was feeding in front of us, with my naked eye I immediately spotted something a bit bigger in amongst them. When I lifted my bins I had a stonking red-rumped swallow only 20 foot away from away me, Janet was quickly on to it too.
Of course I had no camera with me, the new DSLR and my mobile phone were in the car...and I'd only brought the 50mm lens - useless! I dashed back to the car and phoned out the news, returning to the poo pits as I did so. I was still phoning out the news when Janet said "it's landed on the roof [of the nearby building]"..it couldn't have I was still watching it. It was then we realised we were watching TWO red-rumped swallows.
Once the news was out, I dashed home for a bigger lens and managed a few record shots.
|Underside view showing diagnostic black vent/undertail coverts and rusty coloured ear coverts
|This shot shows red-brown band behind head and obvious pale rump with a narrow rusty band nearest to the body.
|Another shot of the underside showing rusty colouredsides to the head
|The only shot I got of the two in the same frame.
It was soon back to reality for us though, nets needed checking and birds needed to be ringed. We had a successful mornings ringing too with a good catch of warblers and some local breeders.
My luck didn't continue this afternoon, I went to Druridge and saw bugger all.