Barn Swallow on Antelope Island

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I was able to photograph this Barn Swallow on Antelope Island yesterday as it rested on a rock and as I took images the swallow opened its bill for a few frames. I am not sure if the bird was yawning or calling to a bird nearby but I found the gaping opening of the bill rather funny so I thought I would share this image.

I’ve had some issues to deal with lately so I haven’t had time to reply to your wonderful comments or to post comments on your blogs, I will try to get caught up soon.




  1. Barb June 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

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  2. Mia McPherson July 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you all for your comments on this post.

    Patty, the swallows build nests under the bridges (2) some of the restrooms, and other outbuildings on the island, they may also build nests on the Visitors Center but I don’t go up there often.

  3. Jane Chesebrough July 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    It is funny-maybe it is a young one saying, “FEED Me!”

  4. Tammy Karr July 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    What a cool shot! Such great detail you can actually see its veins!

  5. Sheila July 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Cute little fella. Aren’t we privileged to be surrounded so many beautiful birds – all shapes and sizes. Beautiful image as always, your work is just gorgeous. Hope things are going well!

  6. Stu July 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Fantastic Shot Mia.. It deserves a ‘Wow’ comment from me ;). I try to ration them or I would run out in a week 😉

  7. Wally July 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Great shot, Mia! I usually only see them as they zoom away about 100 miles per hour.

  8. Syl Lobato July 15, 2013 at 8:02 am

    This is one happy camper..absolutely fabulous..

  9. Prairie Birder July 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Lovely photo, Mia!

  10. kim July 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

    what a beautiful image, so joyous 🙂

  11. Ricky July 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Very handsome fella Mia, well captured. 🙂

  12. patty chadwick July 15, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for starting my morning with a laugh, Mia. I raised a Barn Swallow once, was even able to snatch flies out of the air then! What happened? Now I can’t hold a spoon without dropping it. They used to build architecturally amazing mud nests under the eaves, against the barn wall. I wonder where they build them on Antelope Island…? I hope your “issues” are minor and soon resolved. Great shot…Funny!

  13. judy watson July 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I took a picture of one on Saturday but it’s not near as nice as yours!
    Very nice!

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