The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is a small bird species occurring almost worldwide including Europe, Asia, northern Australia, Africa, and the Americas. The birds are migratory and breed in the northern hemisphere while staying on the southern continents during the winter months. The open countryside is their favourite habitat (e.g., pastures or meadows), but at the same time they stay close to villages. This association to humans is caused by their breeding behaviour as they generally attach their cup-shaped nests to buildings such as the name-giving barns. Their diet consists predominantly of insects caught while flying a few metres above the ground. Similarly, the swallows can be observed drinking water via skimming low across lakes and rivers. Their flying skills are truly remarkable as everyone who has seen them will agree! Traditionally, the birds and their nests have been tolerated by humans for many centuries and their arrival in spring was an important sign of the coming summer. Consequently, barn swallows were mentioned frequently in literature including even a reference in the Bible. I have photographed these pretty birds in May 2015 in northern Germany.