Thursday, May 29, 2008


From last sunday the birds are hatching their eggs. Around 14 or 15 june the chicks will be out of their egg. At daytime one at a time one of the birds is at the nest. In the evening both birds are posing in front of the camera. I didn't manage to see if there is a third egg. Did you manage to see it during one of your visits? Let me know.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And that makes two

This afternoon a second egg was visible. Want to be informed about "important" things that happen at the nest? Put yourself on the maillist bij clicking the "join my maillist" link at the left column. Over 100 people did it before you.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

There it is: the first egg.

And there it is: The first egg. Three days earlier than last year. Although they arrived much later (april 19th in 2007, April 27th in 2008)
And it never was that visible in front of the camera. As if they know that lots of people are interested in their family life.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Two again

The last view nights there was only one bird at the nest. This evening around 8.30 the second one came also stumbeling in. I wonder if we can expect the first egg this week.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Free-style wrestling

The webcamnest you'r looking at is at the frontside of our house. At the backyardside is also a similar place where swifts can fly under the rooftyles but this is for pro's only. A large tree blocks the approach route, so to speak. But nevertheless the last few days there was some action also.

This evening a bit more then earlier this week. While it was dark already, I still could here swifts scream and I also thought I hear some noise of wings flapping at the flat roof of our build-out.

When I climbed up I could see two swifts, in free-style wrestling action. They must have fallen down in a fight over this great place to build a nest. One let go and stumbled to the edge of the roof and fel down. A 3 meter drop was enough for him to gain speed en fly away. As I said. This spot is for pro's only.

The other could not manage to fly away so I had to pick him up. A great opportunity to make some pictures. It was not my first handheld swift but it still is a beautifull sight to see a swift so upclose. No roboswift can compare to that.

A short inspection tells me he is alright. So from 3m high I throw him with a gentle bow up in the air. In the light of a torch I can see him fly away. He disappears silently in the dark night.

I wonder if there will be that much action over this spot again tomorrow. After all, it's a great place there by that tree.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


This evening two birds made their appearance at the nest.
About ten birds returned sofar above our neighbourhood. These two got themselves a warm and cosy place in front of the infrared webcam.