Nesting Tree Swallows in the High Uintas

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Close up of a male Tree Swallow at a nesting cavity, Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest, Summit County, UtahClose up of a male Tree Swallow at a nesting cavity – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

While I photographed nesting House Wrens in the High Uintas the last day of May I also photographed Tree Swallows that were nesting in the same Aspen tree in a cavity a bit lower on the trunk.

The tree is right next to the shoulder of a dirt road and even with being parked on the shoulder on opposite side of the road I had too much lens for the swallows that went in and out of the nesting cavity so I decided to take a few close up photos before turning my camera to a vertical position. I could have used more depth of field for this photo to bring the aspen tree trunk into sharp focus but I could see that my shutter speed was low plus I didn’t think I’d have time to change my settings before the swallow flew away so I went with the settings I had. I like the intimacy of close ups and this photo conveys that sense of intimacy well.

Male Tree Swallow at a nesting cavity in an Aspen, Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest, Summit County, UtahMale Tree Swallow at a nesting cavity in an Aspen – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I noticed when I turned my camera to a vertical position to get the bird’s whole body in the frame that the Tree Swallow was losing a primary feather on its right wing. I can only speculate as to why the swallow is losing that primary feather during this time of the year but my thoughts are that the feather could have been caught on something which loosened or damaged it where the feather joins the bird’s wing.  I thought it made for an interesting shadow on the aspen trunk. Right after this photo was taken this Tree Swallow flew away.

Tree Swallows are secondary cavity nesters that use old sapsucker, woodpecker and flicker nesting cavities as well as man made nesting boxes.

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte June 5, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Wonderful pics Mia. Love the detail and colors. Thanks.

  2. Elephants Child June 3, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Yet another beautiful charmer. Thank you.

  3. April Olson June 3, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Lovely iridescence and eye contact. I feel summer is already flying away!

  4. Patty Chadwick June 3, 2018 at 8:21 am

    You sure caught the iridescence of these beautiful little birds!!!

  5. Bob mcpherson June 3, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Nice photos, Mia.

  6. Tim Traver June 3, 2018 at 6:15 am

    So sharply in focus! Nice!

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