These beautiful small birds most obligingly settled on the railing of an observation tower at Forsinard Flows, a blanket peat bog in the Halladale Valley of the Scottish Highlands. The swallows had been swooping and diving to catch insects hovering over the numerous shallow pools in the peat. I had never seen these fast-flying acrobatic birds so close up before, or so relatively still, mostly preening and putting their feathers in good order. I almost thought they were posing for the camera. The colours of the feathers were exquisite and I especially liked the almost metallic sheen of the tiny feathers on their heads.