Waterway acrobats

White-backed Swallows are uncommon seasonal migrants, arriving in small numbers to breed along the waterways of central Victoria each year. They can be seen flying in mixed flocks with Welcome Swallows and Fairy Martins along the Loddon at the moment. It’s their calls, described as a dry ‘jk jk’ in Pizzey, that generally alerts me to their presence. They are highly acrobatic, even more agile in the air than martins. White-backed Swallows nest in earthen tunnels, usually modest flattened openings on sections of eroding river bank – often in small, loose colonies.

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White-backed Swallow, Loddon River @ Newstead, 2nd December 2015.

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White-backed Swallow nest – a tunnel in the eroding river bank.

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2 responses to “Waterway acrobats

  1. Wonderful shots, really impressive!

  2. Fabulous flight shots Geoff. These little acrobats fly so swiftly I can’t imagine even getting one shot but your series is superb.

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