About a month ago, Jac came and told me that there were nesting Pied Wagtail at her work location. So one very bright Saturday I took my self up to the business park to see a very busy pair of Pied Wagtail parents ferrying back and forth with food for their nestlings. Setting my car up away from the nesting box, a couple of pallet crates just in the middle of a very busy area where business comes and goes all week long, I set the 7D, 500f4 and 1.4 EFTC on a bean bag on the car window cill and watched and waited.
It didn't take long before the male came back with a beakful and looked up to the nesting area.
Flying up about a metre, he got on to the pallets and made the precarious walk to the entrance hole
After a couple of minutes in the nest, he came out again and then after another five minutes he was back to take in another mouthful of insects.
After he went back for about the third time, the female popped out for a stretch of her wings and get another load of food.
This picture shows the marking differences very well with the female being less well marked, and you can also see the brood patch on her side from the time on the nest
While I was watching these come and go, I also noticed a pair of Swallows flying into an office building that had a door left open. Timing my entry when the birds were away , I went in to see a mess on an emergency light fitting on a stairwell bulkhead. Taking myself to the top of the stairs and hunkering down with the 70-200f2.8L on the camera, I jacked the ISO up to 1600 and was getting f3.5 and 1/80 second so not the best, and a strong cream/beige hue from the painted walls.
The birds looked up when the shutter clicked, but then carried on building.
Since these pictures were taken, I believe the Swallows moved themselves on as they made an opportunistic attempt at a totally inappropriate nest when the offices were unattended, and the five young Pieds have been successfully reared, fledged and moved on.