W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm Greater-striped Swallow in my peach tree – Tarlton, South Africa.
The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.
~ Carly Simon
At the beginning of April my Greater Striped Swallows (Cecropis cucullata) were getting increasingly more restless until, finally, on the 8th April, they were gone. Nobody to greet me on the bathroom wall, no twittering and chattering coming from the TV satellite dish, no more watching them throwing their little heads back and uttering their little gurgling song… I DO wish them a safe journey to their summer destination and I will expectantly be waiting for their return in September….
The Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) is a large swallow. It breeds in Southern Africa, arriving from its central African non-breeding grounds around July-August in the Limpopo Province, Western and Eastern Cape. It reaches Swaziland, Botswana, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal during September-October, eventually leaving the region around April-May.