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Swalloo 2012 starts with surprises, (see last brown box above). Gas cylinder exchange early, (25th to 27th April), while swalloos late by 8-9 days. D&G were sunning on Hay Stacks in March, but April's chillitude and funny wind prob = non-great swallow migrate. Compare 2012 nests with 2011, (pics R with pics above). Also number of eggs. Four on 11-5-12. A fifth seen later, (19-5-12). Pics of 2 swalloo chicks on first day out of nest & loo, 22-6-12 and pics of flooding at 4.00pm same day. Rain overnight increased flood by 23rd. See text below.

The second brood of four had a slightly easier ride in July & August, see text below and adult pics (!) and chick pics (13 to 32) in clickable aboveness.

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