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.

Mia

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

9 Comments

  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

    Exquisite!

  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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