The wary ablutions of a Welcome Swallow

On a recent walk to the local lake I was walking along the edge for a while and watching for the Spotless Crake that has taken up residence on the small island in the lake.  Standing still for a while I happened to look up and on a branch of a dead tree overhanging the lake I noticed a Welcome Swallow. It had just landed  and was now grooming in the late afternoon sun-light. It made fast motions and was quite aware of everything around it including me. Butcherbirds were calling so it knew that a possible predator was in the area. The swallow would be very hard to catch in the air but possible to take when on a branch. I have not taken any decent shots of a Swallow in the air so took advantage of one that remained fairly still for a few minutes.

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

With fast grooming motions

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

it gave attention to every long feather

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

stopped for another quick look around for danger

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

waggled its tail feathers

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

gave special attention to the flight feathers

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

every feather inspected and put back into position

Welcome Swallow, Elsternwick Park Lake, Victoria, 6 April 2015

all done…and now another quick flight to catch a snack over the water…

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