The mist soon lifted and turned into a very reasonable day . Shame the same couldn't be said for the birding . It was really hard work , but I will post the details of the visit tomorrow , as I will be copicing with the Surrey Hedgelaying Group all day , and unlikely to see much wildlife .
Tonight , I would like to share a ten minute slice out of today's visit which I really enjoyed , one of those magical moments . Having returned from the hides to the car park , I was about to have my lunch , when I spotted these three juvenile Swallows , sitting on a fence rail .
They spent most of their time preening and making sure everything was just right .
Every now and again , the preening stopped , when one of the adults arrived with food .
Then , from somewhere , a fourth youngster arrived on the fence .
Which meant even more competition for each adult visit . At one point , one of the adults stopped for a rest for a few minutes .
Then it was back to the preening and watching .Suddenly , several alarm calls rang out , to warn of a Sparrowhawk hunting in the area .
The chirping and preening stopped , and all four turned sideways on , so there was nothing showing over the fence rail they were sitting on . Motionless , they stayed like that for a good five minutes , when the all clear was announced , and it was back to the feeding and preening .