I haven’t really spent any time photographing Tree Swallows this spring, they arrived some time ago but because Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge had been closed due to flooding I wasn’t able get to where I normally see them in abundance right after they first arrived.
Last year I was able to spend time photographing this male Tree Swallow in low light in the Targhee National Forest of Idaho and even though the light wasn’t the best I still liked the resulting images. It had been a drizzly morning with thick clouds overhead but as the light got a tiny better I was able to get enough shutter speed to capture sharp images of the swallows as they perched near several nesting cavities in an aspen tree.
I liked the simplicity of the background in this photo and the nice detail in the swallow’s plumage and the texture of the branch it was perched on. I also enjoyed listening to the Tree Swallows that came into the nesting cavity tree.
I hope to have more opportunities with swallows while they are here for their breeding season this year.
Life is good.