Swifts

Swifts tilting with the clouds
soaring swooping singing
sharing locations
perhaps
to avoid collisions
as the best rehearsed
aerobatic teams.

Parents seeking sustenance
for the young.
waiting hungry
nestlings straining
reaching out to be
first in line
when food arrives
of a sudden feathered swirl
unannounced,
mouth opened
straining,
eager to be grown
and ready
too soon going forth,
their epic journey
making for parts
they know for never
having been.

On a summer’s morning
a future unimagined
overcome only
by their hunger,
as through the sky
reaching closer each pass
towards the clouds
parent birds
seasoned swifts swirling
singing staccato squawking
ceaseless motion barely
pausing even to the nest,
delivering nourishment
building for the future
strengthening their kind
for more tomorrows.

Swift flyers       Two Swiftlets 1  Two Swiftlets 2  Swift feed Swiftlet reaching out

 

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2 thoughts on “Swifts

    • I was aware they were there for several days and had seen them feeding/being fed. Yesterday was the right day to take photos. I walk past the house where they are nested several times a day when I go out walking. It didn’t seem like there were so many this year, though.

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