Bird on a wire reprised

A bird … barbed wire … a ‘not so unusual’ combination on this blog!

Moments later one of the parents arrived with food for this youngster … alas I was too slow to record the event.


Welcome Swallow (juvenile), Green Gully, 11th January 2016.







4 responses to “Bird on a wire reprised

  1. I’m often puzzled how larger birds (maggies, galahs) can sit (stand?) so comfortably on a single wire – smooth and only 2.5mm diam. They cannot be gripping – is it just balance?

    • A bit like John Sharrock on that half forward flank many moons ago …

      One of life’s mysteries I guess

      Cheers, Geoff

  2. Looks as if there is a “spur” on the wing?? Celia

    • Hi Celia, that’s right – its the alula, or ‘bastard wing’, a feature that is found on many species of birds. According to wikipedia …The alula, or bastard wing, (plural alulae) is a small projection on the anterior edge of the wing of modern birds and a few non avian dinosaurs. The word is Latin and means “winglet”; it is the diminutive of ala, meaning “wing”. The alula is the freely moving first digit, a bird’s “thumb,” and typically bears three to five small flight feathers, with the exact number depending on the species. There also are minor covert feathers overlying the flight feathers. Like the larger flight feathers found on the wing’s trailing edge, these alula feathers are asymmetrical, with the shaft running closer to anterior edge.
      Cheers, geoff

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