Pacific Swallow by Dave Behrens
Had to stop at a traffic light beside the canal and was delighted to be able to sight a couple of Pacific Swallows (Hirundo rustica) perched on the rails overlooking the water. Utterly regretted not having had my camera with me. I thought initially they might have been swifts but managed to Google them out, and confirmed they were indeed Pacific Swallows. I had never seen one so close before and was pleasantly surprised at how handsome they were. Usually they are just ethereal shadows against the sky.
Thank God for the traffic light!!