Red Rumped Swallows at the Quinta

The Red Rump Swallows nest here at our “Quinta” and will be getting ready to leave soon. They arrive later than the other Swallows and Swifts and also leave slightly later too.

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Red Rumped Swallow - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/8, ISO320, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

They are a little larger than the Barn Swallow and as the name suggests have a rusty coloured rump (which gets darker with age). Their nests are different too with a tunnel entrance. This year, they occupied the same nest as last year, but decided to add an extension to the tunnel. You can see the darker colour of the entrance in the photo below;

Red Rumped Swallow Nest at the Quinta

Whilst they prepare for their journey to Africa, we look forward to seeing them again in late Spring 2018.

Red Rumped Swallow - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/8, ISO320, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

As a bonus, here’s a House Martin that I also captured. These have long gone back to Africa already;

House Martin - D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/6.3, ISO560, 1/2000sec - {Flickr Link}

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