Barn swallows are summer migratory birds in Hong Kong. Every spring, they travel to Hong Kong from their homes in South Asia to raise their children. In autumn, the chicks are old enough to fly back home together with the parents. Every year, we see several swallow nests in my neighbourhood. This year, I saw a nest just below a neighbour’s first floor balcony, which was very handy for photographing.
By the time I noticed the nest, the eggs were already hatched and the little chicks must have been several days old.
They were making very loud noises whenever there was a slight movement near the nest. That is how I noticed them.
The adult swallows fed their chicks mainly on small flies and insects. Sometimes, they brought back bigger insects, such as butterflies.
One day, a parent caught a big cicada! Of course, the cicada was too big for the little chicks to swallow.
In the end, she (he) had to give up.