Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) chicks, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall.
I was exploring St Michael’s Mount, in Cornwall, when I noticed these little swallow chicks (Hirundo rustica) sat on a wire between two of the island’s buildings. They still had some downy feathers and had probably fledged from their nest just a day or two ago. The parents bring food back up to 400 times a day but passing it can take less than a second. I focussed on the chicks and as soon as I saw the tell-tale signs of excitement my finger was ready on the trigger. I think that this is an image that many parents will relate to - it can be difficult when more than one child is demanding your attention at the same time. #Swallows #Birds #Fledging #Chicks #Feeding #Hungry #Children
Black kites gather over Willare roadhouse as the pigs are fed, Kimberlys, WA.
Black Thighed Falconet - Worlds smallest raptor
Black-thighed falconet (Microhierax fringillarius), Malaysia. The worlds smallest bird of prey, the size of a sparrow.
The black thighed falconet (Microhierax fringillarius) is the worlds smallest bird of prey - the size and weight of a sparrow. Using a cherry picker I was able to slowly get level with the top of a tree where the adults rested before flying to the nest. After many hours gaining their confidence I was able to photograph this tender and intimate moment. This is a difficult bird to get close to and I worked with scientists who have been monitoring the nest for many generations. I agreed to not disclose the location for fear of poaching. #EarthOnLocation #BBC #Malaysia #Raptor #Bird #Romance #Love #Smallest #Wildlife