Perched Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged SwallowNorthern Rough-winged Swallow – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Northern Rough-winged Swallows have a wide range in North America but because of their drab colors they are often overlooked by bird photographers, they are the “plain brown bird” of the swallow family. Northern Rough-winged Swallows breed from Costa Rica to southern Canada and coast to coast in the U.S.

In 2011 I spotted this Northern Rough-winged Swallow perched on an old fence post at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area next to Glover’s Pond as it rested in between aerial foraging activity.

I love swallows because they eat billions of bugs, the biting kinds included and anything that eats mosquitoes is a hero in my book!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Thanks for your comments on this Northern Rough-winged Swallow post Chris, Maria, Merrill, Wally, Judy and Ricky.

  2. I agree!!! Anything that eat mosquitoes is a friend of mine!:) They’re already back! I like these swallows very much and when they pose in such a wonderful spot, you have to make the shot:)

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    What a lovely bird. LBJ’S a/k/ LBB’S or as you put it “plain brown birds” are so varied and create such intimate photos I enjoy every photo I can find of them.

  4. Superb photograph! I would love to photograph more swallows but apparently I only encounter the species which never perch on anything at anytime and fly zig-zag routes at 1000 mph!
    I’m with you – gotta love any bird which eats mosquitoes and no-see-ums!

  5. Nice!
    I had no idea this one was out there.
    Will have to keep my eyes opened.’

  6. Handsome fella Mia!

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