Friday, July 22, 2011

Bug, Bath and Beyond

I'll be the first to admit, this is not a good picture.  On the other hand, it reveals an action that is pretty typical of a swallow, but probably not known to most people.  While they are whealing over the river catching bugs, they will routinely drop down and either skim the water with just their bill (drinking?) or actually perform a shallow dive (bathing?), and continue on their way.  In any case, it is over in a split second and they are back in the air, gathering bugs again.  They are among the fastest and most irratic flyers and are near impossible to keep a camera trained on in open flight. 

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