A Tale of 2 Swallows

In late August 2013, 2 Greater Striped Swallows arrived at Elandsberg Eco Tourism without any prior booking or arrangement.

Words and Images by Chris du Plessis

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They promptly started inspecting the property and after some deliberation decided on a plot for their home – against the ceiling light at the entrance to our guests’ reception.

They immediately fascinated us with the arduous, but delicate task of constructing their mud nest.

They would arrive together, each with a beak full of mud. One would go straight to the construction site and place his or her mud while the partner waited. Then they would switch – the partner placing his / her mud while the other one waited. And then off they would go for the next load.

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