2In Gap At 35Mph? A Job For Superswallow
Jul 29, 2009 - Dundee, United Kingdom - SHE didn't have to swerve, or even apply the brakes. With just a flap and a twist this swallow swooped through a twoinch gap in a locked barn door. She managed to manoeuvre all 14 inches worth of wingspan inside without ruffling a feather. The astonishing display of aerobatics was captured by a photographer sitting in the agricultural shed. Waiting up in the rafters were the bird's chicks, no doubt clamouring for their breakfast. The swallow is one of a pair of birds rearing their chicks inside the building in the Angus Glens, north of Dundee. The two parents have worked out a system of entry and exit so they don't run into each other at high speed. Wildlife photographer Keith Ringland, who took the pictures, said: 'The swallow used a different, much bigger hole in the roof to leave the building.