小さな命 tiny treasure

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53 thoughts on “小さな命 tiny treasure

    • Thank you Randall. This little guy was born rather late in the breeding season so the odds were against him. I too, felt that we had peered over the nest to give me a summer greeting, and it really made my day 🙂

    • Hello Indah,
      So happy to see your comment! Your presence has been missed here too. I am very happy you enjoyed some time with our birds. Please do feel free to stop by again 🙂 🐣

  1. Two beautiful shots of swallows. That second shot of the little swallow sticking its head out of the nest is adorable. Wonderful timing with your shot. Looks like they are making a home for themselves over there. Hope your summer has been going well, Takami. We are in winter here in Australia, so hopefully we get summer soon. Take care 🙂

    • Hello Mabel,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. As always I am so glad you decided to stop by and spend a few moments with our birds. The little chick was very adorable, and the parents also seemed quite proud.

      Unfortunately, it has been challenging times in my country due to the ongoing global situation, but fortunately we are staying healthy and safe. I do hope the situation is improving in Australia, and that summer will make its way there soon.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I am glad that you are having a wonderful summer with swallows near your home – and the second round of babies too 🙂 Keeping fingers crossed for you, that all chicks will grow healthy and be able to fly from the nest 🙂

      As always, your comments are much appreciated, and hope you are staying safe and well.

  2. What a lovely treasure, Takami. Is this at your house? We had swallows nesting in the house, when they were still busy with the initial building work, and this year saw them scouting around the house. There really isn’t a good spot for them to build, but now that Michael built the porch, we hope they will come back next year, as the area between the overhang of the house and roof of the porch will make a great spot for a nest. Fingers crossed for next year.

    • Hello Jolandi,
      Thanks so much for stopping by! This swallows nest is not at my house (unfortunately!), but we do have neighbors where swallows make their nest every year.

      My husband and I have always “welcomed” swallows in our hearts, but at the moment, they have not built a nest near our entrance yet. I am keeping fingers crossed that by this time next year, a swallow family will built a nest on your porch – surely they will sense that your home is full of warmth and love 🙂

      Just the other day however, my husband and I discovered that a sparrow family has been building a nest in a corner of our home – and we could hear chicks! We are resisting temptation to view them, and leaving them in privacy until the chicks get a bit bigger and are ready to fledge. It is exciting and we are keeping fingers crossed for them 🙂

      • What wonderful news, Takami. I’m so excited for you. Fingers crossed they will be successful in raising their young and come back to their nest every year. I trust with all my heart that we will be blessed like you.

    • Hello Tanja!
      Thank you for your visit and comment. I agree, seeing these swallows in a nest (and how they trust to be around people) does give a warm and fuzzy feeling. The yellow beak is irresistible and I really thought I could see the pride in the parents’ faces 🙂

      We also hope that you and all your dear ones are staying well and safe. As always I enjoy your thoughtful writing and beautiful photography.

  3. Beautiful capture, Takami 🙂

    Last year, I spent days capturing the nesting of a Sunbird and I know how interesting it is to see the hatchlings.

    Looking at their beautiful nests, created with twigs and mud, we can only stop and wonder at the magic of mother nature…

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Hello Sreejith,
      Thanks much for stopping by, and for your thoughtful comment. I can imagine the special experience it must have been, to be able to capture moments with the Sunbird nesting and all the various stages. It really is a miracle and wonder of nature 🙂

      Thank you again, for your kind comment. I hope you and all your family are doing well.

  4. How gorgeous Takami ! What amazing captures. I can see and feel the delight and wonder of the parent as they marvel over their ‘little treasure’. Very special pics which capture my heart.

    • Thank you Ash! I also felt the parent’s pride as they protectively cared for and fed their little treasure. This little guy had quite the personality too 🙂 I am very glad the photos captured your heart. I can imagine that every parent can relate 🙂

  5. Oh, a sweet swallow. Every year they built their nest under our porch roof or worse yet, in the fireplace, where they always fell. I would rescue the chicks but had a hard time figuring out what to feed them.

    • Hello Noelle, thank you for your comment!
      Yes these was a charming little barn swallow family. They visit us from Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia, and then head back after the chicks have grown.

      I can imagine the concern when swallow build a nest in the fireplace! Bless you for kindly rescuing the chicks. I have heard that it is a real challenge to properly feed them, and admire you all the more so for doing so. Hope you and all your dear ones are continuing to stay safe.

    • Hello Julie, thanks so much for your comment. I can imagine it was a real treat to have robins build a nest right near your window. I am glad the babies have fledged and moved on 😀

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