I was sat at work working my way through the ever expanding to do list when one of my office mates came up to me ‘you like birds, there are some swallows nesting above a door way. Thought you might like to know’. So of course I headed out to have a look. I was quite surprised to find them nesting above an active door; their nest was above a light and below a concrete porch so it was very well protected. If my colleague hadn’t seen one of the parents flying into the nest we would never had known it was there. They have obviously found it to be a very good nest as there are five young not far from fledging.
I was very cautious about taking a photo. At work the longest lens I have is 200mm! I waited for both of the parents to be well away from the nest before getting a little closer, grabbing a very quick photo, before fleeing back to the cover of a nearby tree before the parents returned. I stood and watched them feeding for a minute or two before heading back to my desk.
Nb. This photo is heavily cropped as I didn’t want to get too close and disturb them.