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Simon King on Swallows in Africa

Simon King joins us for the last time from the Masai Mara in Kenya where he has been presenting Big Cat Live. This week, he and Phillipa discuss the presence of Swallows.

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Simon King on Swallows

The Swallows that have left Britain and now streaming through the skies of Africa.

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For the last three weeks, Simon King and Jonathan Scott have been preparing for Big Cat Live. They are based on the Masai Mara National Reserve and although they have been studying Lions, Cheetahs and the great movement of Wildebeest, this week Swallows have caught their attention.

To us here in Britain, the Swallows are the true harbinger of summer. At this time of the year, leaving, and as such, summer can now be considered well and truly over! However, what we don't often think about is where they go during our winter. Well, as Simon King reports, the Swallows can now be found snapping at flies around the ankles of Elephants on the plains of Africa.

Further Reading:

Last report from Africa: Man-eating Lions in Tanzania
Last Swallow report: Mark Cocker wants your Swallow stories

More from Simon King at Big Cat Live

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