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Throwback Thursday: in-flight swallow


Recently, I showed you an image of an in-flight bee fly. Although it was hard to capture that tiny insect with the long focal-length lens, it was not that hard as capturing this image of an in-flight swallow. Despite, bee flies are very small, their flight is kind of predictable. They are not flight that quick and they are not changing the directions abruptly. They also stay on nearly the same level above the plants.

Barn swallows instead are flying very quickly because they are hunting flying insects and thus changing their flight direction and hight unpredictable. Compared to this, the bee fly simply ‘stands still’ in the air, although she was also constantly moving.

This image is from early April and I was very surprised to see a barn swallow so early. The air was still cold (below 10°C). As far as I know, that’s the minimum temperature for insects to be able to fly.

There were years when swallows came back from the south too early when the air was still cold. The air had temperatures too cold for insects to fly which resulted in hungry swallows. Hunting for flying insects was without results, because of the cold. So they were forced to walk around and pick plant lice from the bushes because they were too weak to fly from all the unsuccessful hunts. A friend of mine, a nature conservationist, reported that year swallows simply falling off the sky. They died of hunger while flying.

I was in that place before and met hundreds of swallows. But, it was June and warm. So I was surprised to see one (two on the next day).

 

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: I’m back …

.. from a short trip to Norddeich. 

We arrived at a beautiful summerly day and were welcomed with a blue sky, mild wind and nice 22°C.
Unfortunately, the temperatures dropped to 1 – 8°C for the next days and we were bid a farewell with a gray sky, heavy wind and even some snow and hail between the rain.
But, I won’t complain about the weather at the day we left. I’m happy about the nice days during our stay. Although, the temperatures were cold, the weather was nice and we were outside a lot: walking around, sitting in the beach chair, photographing birds.
This image was developed with the open source raw development tool Darktable. Although it’s installed on my computer for a very long time, I used it only seldom. The user interface is kind of weird. You have to invest some time to understand it. But, it’s worth the effort, as you can see.

Take care!

 

animals, bird, nature, photography, travel, wildlife, world

Travel Tuesday: Isle of Skye

During the last months I presented many different aspects from the German North Sea cost. So, I guess, it’s time for a change and I take you on a trip to the Isle of Skye. The island is part of the inner Hebrides and is located in the Irish Sea, near the west cost of Scotland. Last year I already published a short review post.

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