Saturday, 2 August 2014

RSPB Fairburn Ings - Sand Martins

Saturday’s not got off to a very good start and it’s given me a bit of time to process yesterday’s photos and video from our visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings. The photos were easy to deal with as it mostly meant hitting the delete key. The video turned out better. After sheltering from some light rain at one point in the afternoon we spent 45 minutes at Pickup hide. For us that’s a long time at one spot. It was fascinating watching the sand martins wheeling around collecting insects before heading for the sand martin wall and into holes at amazing speed.
I've condensed our 45 minutes into a little over 7 minutes and managed to capture the sand martins feeding their young. It’s the first time we've seen sand martins.

Sue has posted some pictures from our visit here.


  1. Great video footage, I shall show my eldest tomorrow, he'll love it. We saw some sand martins at Poldhu in Cornwall, a first for us too. They were nesting in the sandy cliffs above the beach. It was lovely to spend time watching them.

    1. The wall at Fairburn is a recent addition to the reserve. They think that six pairs are nesting in the wall this year. Don't know how they found this wall???

  2. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!Visite-me:
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.


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