I was driving into Lulling, Louisiana with a friend when he noticed the Tree Swallows gathering in the distance over the sugar cane fields. I pulled off the road and we remained as the swarm grew larger and larger. All at once it was like the birds were being poured through a funnel into the cane. Millions of birds were diving as fast as gravity would allow and were disappearing into the razor sharp leaves of the cane stalks.
I returned to this same location for three days straight to video this incredible event from three different locations. You'll see in the video I went from a quarter mile away to within a few hundred yards to being in the cane as they descended. The video is a little long (26 minutes) but it's somewhat proportional to the amount of birds roosting those afternoons. I did have one continuous shot which lasted 17 minutes from the time the swallows started their decent to the time with which I could see them no more.
I would like to thank Melvin Weber for turning me onto birding, being my quick reference guide to all things about birds and going with me on so many incredible outings and Matt Touchard who without his natural curiosity for nature to point out the Tree Swallows I would have never noticed the millions of birds swarming just outside our car window that day.
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