Photographing swifts feels a bit like playing a video game, with targets flying at you from random angles at ridiculous speeds.

Helen and I have been enjoying trying to keep these amazing birds in frame immensely and it’s been a real thrill having these speedsters whizzing past us, often passing by within a few feet so you could hear the whoosh as they passed by.

We wondered whether they were paying us such close attention because we were attracting the insects (some of which bite) that they were feeding on.

Interesting fact “As the bird is hunting, insects are collected in the back of the throat in a special food pouch and bound together with saliva into a ball called a bolus, which is periodically eaten or taken to the nest. These food balls can contain thousands of insects.
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