Sunday, 25 June 2017

A quick word

'Can I have a quick word, Gordon?' a sports journalist once asked the Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan. 'Velocity' replied Strachan, and terminated the interview. Of course, he could have said 'Swift' a family of fast-flying birds beloved of birders for their aerial acrobatics and screaming calls. The Alpine Swift is a larger, rarer visitor to Dorset compared to our regular Common Swift, and reports of one of this species from southern Europe over the houses near Lodmoor in Weymouth this weekend persuaded me to head down for a look. Photography was always going to be a challenge with a blanket of white cloud covering the area but I fiddled with the exposure, experimented a bit and hoped for the best. Results below:

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