Rain Birds

Rain Birds

Reading the recommended book Pueblo Birds and Myths by Hamilton A. Tyler.
“Swallows live just above the surface of streams and pools … seen just before and after shower of rain …[they will] “sit out” a downpour … insects as well as swallows fly low just before and after …”


2 Responses to “Rain Birds”

  1. February 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    What a beautiful photo! I love the cattails. They photograph so beautifully. When my mother was a girl, they would soak the still-green cattails in kerosene and use them as torches at night for outdoor parties.

    It’s true about the swallows, too. At one of the marinas where I work, they love to build their nests under the surface of the floating docks, tucked way back in the corners. Because the docks float they’re in no danger, although the parents have to swoop down really low when coming back to the nest. And people walking down the docks have no idea they’re walking right across the top of the swallows!

  2. February 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    This photo was taken a few years ago by Peter Callen, I believe. It is from our winter time of year, right now, but with clouds filled with moisture. Oh, we are so dry here right now. It is my rain and river photo – though we have no swallows about in this season.

    Am glad to know about your swallows there on the Gulf Coast, too! Do you know what they build their nests with – mud and sticks?

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