Sand Martin photo taken in August 2016.
Having had very poor views of the Cliff Swallow on St.Mary's earlier this autumn (really unsatisfactory for a life tick) i was very relieved to see this stunning bird at Minsmere.
The Cliff Swallow flew right in front of it's admiring crowd several times and all features were superbly seen at close quarters.
It also perched on a small bush at one point and i had good views through the scope but unfortunately it took to the wing again before i could get a digi scope photo of it.
Unfortunately i couldn't take any photo's as i am waiting for my new lens to be delivered next week however there are some fantastic photos online of this cracking bird.
I also saw a very late Sand Martin which beat my previous late record of this species , also there were several Swallows plus a ringtail Hen Harrier was being mobbed by a Marsh Harrier , a Peregrine was also seen whilst watching the Cliff Swallow .
Many thanks to the staff at Minsmere for a very well organised birding session, a really top quality birding session and meeting many old & new friends was a real bonus , i went home very , very happy with Cliff Swallow flying onto my life list.