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Pacific swallows

Pacific swallows
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Copyright: Uma KS (uma_k5) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 6 N: 48] (313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-12 9:41
Viewed: 4470
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These lovely birds are lucky permanent residents of Telunas Beach Resort in Riau-Melayu on the island of Sugi.

The Pacific Swallow or Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.

It breeds in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka across to south east Asia and the islands of the south Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements.

This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands.

The neat cup-shaped nests are lined with mud collected in the swallows' beaks. They are placed under cliff ledges or on man-made structures such as buildings, bridges or tunnel. The clutch is two to three eggs, up to four in Sri Lanka.

Swallows are somewhat similar in habits and appearance to the other aerial insectivores, such as the related martins and the unrelated swifts (order Apodiformes). Pacific Swallows are fast flyers and they generally feed on insects, especially flies, while airborne.

This species is a small swallow at 13cm. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts. It differs from Barn Swallow and the closely-related Welcome Swallow in its shorter and less forked tail.

(From Wikipedia)

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I really like the composition, the little posts in the foreground with an echo of similar lines in the background. Nice DOF softening that background, too. Good colors and clarity but the dark areas have lost some detail. I have the same problem with a lot of my shots. All in all it is a nice photo, TFS

hi Uma
really nice pose of both birds, I like the stripes feature on the background creating the artistic effect to the image, the bird on right is a bit under-exposure but overall it still a creative presentation

Hi Uma:

Since my technical expertise in photography is exactly equal to zero, I can't offer a dazzling analysis with appropriate technical terminology and relevant commentary. As a layman with a taste for all things artistic, all I can tell you is how this photo 'feels'.

And it feels great to behold. You have a very steady hand, I must say, and a great sense of timing. You have neatly captured the glint in both birds' eyes.

Seems to me these birds specifically posed for you!

In my hometown Mumbai, we would sum it up in one single word: "Jhakaas!!".


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