Male Tree Swallow in morning light

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Male Tree SwallowMale Tree Swallow – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/1600, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This male Tree Swallow was perched on a fence post in western Montana last week when I photographed him while the morning light lit him up beautifully. The blue in the background isn’t sky or water it is simply a portion of the distant mountains that were still shaded by the peaks high overhead. The swallows in many of the areas that I traveled to were very busy with nesting activity, I saw quite a few scuffling with bluebirds for nest boxes and bringing in nesting material.



  1. M. Firpi June 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    These metallic blues are very impressive.

  2. eric c11 June 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

    what a nice reflexion on the feathers, wonderfull =)))

  3. Jane Chesebrough June 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Having taken a few photos myself of these birds, I am impressed by the colours that reflect off their wings. Great shot!The light is right on!

  4. Kathleen Finnerty June 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I had no idea they looked like that! Tks for sharing.

    • Mia McPherson June 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Kathleen, I wish my photos could do the beauty of these birds 100% justice! They are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Thank you!

  5. Lynn Koch June 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Wow — this a really beautiful photograph of this lovely bird, Mia. I love the iridescence of his blue feathers.

  6. Bob Bushell June 12, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Brilliant image, so colourful.

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