Swallow chicks. Four swallow (Hirundo rustica) chicks in their nest, calling for food. A breeding pair of swallows build a nest from mud and grass and line it with feathers. The female lays a clutch of 3 to 7 eggs, which both parents incubate until they hatch between 13 to 15 days later. Both parents feed the chicks, which remain in the nest for about 20 days. Swallows usually raise two broods of chicks during the summer. Photographed in the UK.
© Georgette Douwma/Science Photo Library
Bar-tailed godwit - A large flock of mainly bar-tailed godwits (with some Knot) silhouetted against the moon
Galah - In flight
Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
Being a seed eater is disliked by grain farmers. Abundant. Often in large flocks, found right throughout Australia but typically an open country bird.
Endemic to Australia. Latin can also be Cacatua Eolophus
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Barn swallow, Hirundo rustica
Barn swallow, Hirundo rustica. . Handcolored copperplate drawn and engraved by Edward Donovan from his own Natural History of British Birds, London, 1794-1819.
© Florilegius / Bubblepunk