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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 4:40
Viewed: 4904
Points: 30
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Today's post is Barn Swallow captured on Belize mainland. I was on my way to Lamonai (old Maya ruins) and start from San Pedro by boat to mainland and continued on river all the way to a little village. Old school buss was waiting there and we traveled by buss to the next stop. One more river and we changed to the next boat. Before we went to the boat I saw many Barn Swallows flying around giving me opportunity to take few shots...

Here you can see one Barn Swallow with butterfly in his bill. Captured @ 400mm handhold.

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the world's most widespread species of swallow. A distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings, it occurs in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

There are six subspecies of Barn Swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere. Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina, the Cape Province of South Africa, and northern Australia. Its huge range means that the Barn Swallow is not endangered, although there may be local population declines due to specific threats, such as the construction of an international airport near Durban.

The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight.

This species lives in close association with humans, and its insect-eating habits mean that is tolerated by man; this acceptance was reinforced in the past by superstitions regarding the bird and its nest. There are frequent cultural references to the Barn Swallow in literary and religious works due both to its living in close proximity to humans, and its conspicuous annual migration...

More info @ wiwki

Jamesp, jusninasirun, Argus, spalaxtr, rousettus, SelenE, marhowie, ferranjlloret, Necipp, Adanac, JPlumb, Rolf, cicindela has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-31 5:00]

Hi Ralf

Great detail and pose on the r/h bird. Nice tropical light and good colour too.


Hello Ralf,

Beautiful capture of these swallows with sharp details against the blue sky. I can even see the butterfly with antennas' out in the mouth. The diagonal cable makes good perspective.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-31 5:13]

Hej Ralf,
Judging by the short tails, these look like juvenile Barn Swallows, one of them having caught some species of skipper while the other wants to be fed!
Nice composition against a tropical blue sky.

stormen kommer nu: tur att du har sol!

That was good timing. You got him with his meal freshly caught. Nice job.

Hi Ralf, poor butterfly in the mouth of bird, good composition with excellent sharpness, great contrast against blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ralf,
Magnificent shot of this very proud looking Swallow, stunning detail in the plumage, well framed, exposure is spot-on, and that sky is perfect blue, great work, all the best and TFS,

Hello Ralf,
this is a very nice capture with a great lighting, sharp focus. You capture feeding time greatly. It also catched a beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sahring. best wishes

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 5:04]

Hi Ralf,
Nice catch for both of you :o) Good lighting, focus, sharpness, composition and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Ralf,
It looks like the other bird is a bit envious!
Very good DOF, color, detail, and exposure in the subject. Great blue BG too :) You can even see the small antennae in the b-fly..
Nice handheld shooting mf,

Hi Ralf,
A good document. Wonderful shot.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 14:52]

Hello Ralf,
Birds on a wire with lunch, nice colors and good details on the right bird. Thank you for sharing your work.

Hi Ralf, you must have been right on top of these guys with a very tight depth of field, the bird on the right with the butterfly is tack sharp, but the bird on the left (and the wire under him) is blurred. I like it, it puts all the emphasis on the bird with the meal. The shadow created by the butterfly is interesting too, falling just below and highlighting the eye. The photo has great colour and as stated previously great sharp detail.

Thanks, John

Hello Ralf nicely focussed excellent sharpness great timing for the pose, an exceptional capture with good light. tfs rgds Necip

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-02-04 5:57]

Hello Ralf,
Great picture of this two birds with nice pose and good sharpness and natural colours.

Dear Ralf,
I like this photo because of following reasons:
1. it is a funny picture - bravo for keeping birds in that way! :) Only the butterfly had bad luck.. ;)
2. photo has in most parts very good sharpness, DOF, and details (the specimen on the left side is a little out of focus)
3. interesting note
4. these are swallows! And my family name comes from the name of these birds ;)

All the best and thank you for showing this photo,

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