Pacific Swallow starting a nest

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Following the posting on the initial efforts of a House Swift (Apus affinis) at building a nest on a vertical wall, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS sent in his observations and a composite image on the Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica javanica) initial nest building efforts:

“I saw a pair of Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica javanica) checking out a flat wall at the Buddhist Monastery, Tambun (Perak, Malaysia) on 3rd Jan 2009. 
See the composite above. 
I considered that they were contemplating building a nest, despite the 90 degree angle.
 When one bird moved away, a wasp nest, partially broken was visible (above right). 
It could be that the birds were looking for prey – this is recognised prey but usually caught on the wing and they are not reported to dig a wasp nest for prey. 
Their general behavior implied considering starting a nest – perhaps using an old wasp nest as a starting point.”

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