The swallow, bonny birdie, comes sharp twittering o’er the sea,
And gladly is her carol heard for the sunny days to be;
She shares not with us wintry glooms, but yet, no faithless thing,
She hunts the summer o’er the earth with wearied little wing.
~ Thomas Aird ~
A couple of days ago I saw the first swallow of the year, wheeling and darting across the sky above the orchard, and I felt thrilled at this happy portent of summer! It reminded me that I made some pictures of swallows and their young at the end of last summer some of which are now in my area of the Getty Images library.
I don't think I shared these pictures with you at the time, so here they are now.... more wildlife work than art but I just wanted to share them with you.