I would've posted this yesterday but thanks to one or more of my greyhounds that chewed up my CF card reader which meant downloading via a USB cable direct from the camera, 375 images in 3 hours, jeez. I wouldn't have minded but I knew a high percentage would be deleted. Oh well.
It was an exciting start to the day at the Sandmartins colony and some questions answered. As I arrived I could see most of the flock circling and calling in front of one of the holes. I couldn't figure what was going on, no predators that I could see, I placed my bike down and started to get my camera out. Suddenly out of one of the holes a Stoat ran out and in a flash scaled the sheer vertical face of the sandbank as if it was flat, it tried taking two Sandmartins but dropped one...
Sandmartin image wise it was a struggle there was some juveniles taking their first flights somewhat nervously flitting around close to their nests. Juvenile Sandmartin
It was getting hot so I took myself and the bike up to the Doug's Cave to cool down