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Forgive the background to these shots won't you? (I can't help it if the recreation ground behind our house was condemned afer the summer floods, can I? Atually, I know a little more about this recreation ground than the powers that be would like, but I can't let on here....)
I took these photographs not from the hide, 12' away from the post, but from inside the house, 80' from the post, through double glazing, in a blue funk, so to speak.
Note the lil' beggar's clawed feet - two claws facing forward, and two back, unlike most birds with three forward and one back, which is also unlike the swift - all four forward! Note also the pronged tail, comprising of VERY stiff tail feathers, which it'll use as a support - to brace itself against the trunk or branch of the tree its on.
I know the male has visited the feeding post I erected months ago, but possibly only once or twice.
I wish I was in the hide to take these, but I now have new resolve to take a big mug of tea into the hide, and wait for this very nice bird to make a guest of honour appearance once more!