Life in Kyoto offers many advantages. One of them is a daily contact with beautiful nature and all kinds of species living in it (See Here).
I’ve seen many interesting animals in Kyoto and often regret not being quick enough to snap a picture. Sometimes I’m lucky and manage to take a photo which I can later share with others.
But there are also occasions when I don’t have to hurry at all. Once in a while the nature comes to me and I can take my time to observe and enjoy the beauty of wildlife.
And it recently happened right next to the Smith’s School of English Katsura (スミス英会話 桂).
In May, a pair of swallows decided to nest right next to the school’s entrance. I was very excited about it and checked on them every time I came to school.
After about a month I spotted three little hatchlings in the nest. They were very small with fluffy feathers and tiny voices.
Only one week later, these hatchlings got bigger and I could perfectly see their colourful heads peeping out from the nest, waiting for their parents to bring food. By this time, their voices became much stronger and I could hear the little swallows’ tweets during the day. It was ‘music to my ears’.
Around this time, some of my students were checking the nest before lessons. During the day I’d see many local people from this part of Katsura(桂), stopping on their way and see how is the family of swallows doing.
The birds were bringing joy to everybody around.
Eventually the little birds grew up and learnt to fly. And last week the family left the nest.
It was great to have these birds around and I can’t wait to hear sweet tweets from the nest again.