Barn Swallow in a fog at Red Rock Lakes NWR, Montana

Barn Swallow in a fogBarn Swallow in a fog – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m hearing reports of Western Grebes and Sandhill Cranes migrating into the Salt Lake Valley and I suppose it won’t be very long before I hear the first reports of swallows migrating in too.

Last year I photographed nesting Barn Swallows in the Centennial Valley of Montana and in the Targhee National Forest of Clark County, Idaho. I had forgotten about photographing this Barn Swallow in a fog at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge until I was going through my archives yesterday. It was one of those mornings where I thought the fog and the moisture in the air accentuated the colors in the birds plumage quite naturally.

Lake fog isn’t uncommon in the Centennial Valley and there are times that I find images of my subjects in the fog very appealing.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child February 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm


  2. dave sparks February 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The fog and the texture of the perch are strong positives IMO.

  3. Patty Chadwick February 23, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Boy! That’s an accomplishment! Getting one of those lightning fast little birds to hold still enough for a portrait! I love their colors, the sienna breasts, the “oil slick” iridescent, blue-back backs, the tiny, tiny beaks, the shape of their wings and tails and their FAST, swoopy flight. Little, flying gems…..

  4. Lois Bryan February 23, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Very beautiful!!!

  5. Lois Bryan February 23, 2016 at 6:03 am

    how beautiful!!

  6. Bob McPherson February 23, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Gorgeous little bird. Awesome photo, Mia.

  7. Roger Burnard February 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Nice, nice, Mia… I’ve been trying to get a good shot of this bird for a long time,
    and so far I’ve failed miserably. It’s always a thrill when you find a “target,”
    and then get a great image. Now all you have to do today is… Take care,
    be safe, and stay well… ;-)))

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