|Mute Swans with cygnet|
|Coot with chicks|
There was an amazing aerial display of swifts and hirundines (swallows and martins) flying across and above the broad. The reserve was swarmed by them. I was amazed how anything else could fly around without crashing into one of these fast-flying birds. They were too quick for me to photograph, so I decided to film them instead for you all. There were swifts (larger black birds with scythed wings), swallows (blue above, white below with a red throat and forked tail) and house martins (small black and white bird with a white rump that stands out well), all making the most of the abundance of flying insects that they feed on after arriving back from Africa for the summer months. They are simply mesmerizing to watch.