Staying still for swallows


Recently I was exploring the dry creek bed of an underpass in the high desert. I was searching for animal tracks but found animals themselves.
Instantly I was engaged by their energetic swirling flight and their alarm calls indicating my presence, a series of short one-note "veews." Slowly approaching, I looked up and realized I had entered a colony of swallows.
Having all the time in the world, I decided to sit in the throng of their activity and let us both adjust ...

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