Stretching Barn Swallow Close Up

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Stretching Barn Swallow adultStretching Barn Swallow adult – Nikon D500, f9, 1/640, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It is always wonderful when I have a small subject close enough to get a frame filling photo of it and that happened with this Barn Swallow last Friday. There were two Barn Swallows perched on fence posts near a camp site that were more engrossed in preening than flying and they gave me some great views.

When this Barn Swallow started to stretch its wings I was ready for the action and took several photos of it while it stretched on top of the fence post. When its wing was fully extended there were a few frames where I clipped just the tips if its primary feathers but there were also several images like this one where I didn’t.

The greens in the background are out of focus willows that are thick and abundant along the banks of a creek.  It was great to have this swallow up close.

Life is good.


Did you know that swallows can be found on every continent except Antarctica?


  1. Elephants Child June 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    LOVE the iridescence. And the beauty. Thank you.

  2. M. Bruce June 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm


  3. Pepe Forte June 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Stunning pic! What a great way to start the week. Thanks Mia.

  4. Patty Chadwick June 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I agree 100% with Mary…I love seeing, watching, these sleek, shiny, iridescent little jets….this isca beautiful shot!

  5. Mary McAvoy June 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I love barn swallows. I could watch them in flight over a pond endlessly as they buzz around at warp speed and dip down causing a brief splash as they grab a bug from the water’s surface, not losing speed as they continue on. Beautiful flying creatures, so adept. Plus, they are gorgeous as your photo shows! 😊

  6. Bob mcphersons June 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful photo MiA.

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