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Young Tree Swallow II

Young Tree Swallow II
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Copyright: Jean Yves Bissonnette (JYB) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 10:53
Viewed: 3079
Points: 8
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Have a nice day to all and thanks for your commentrs or critiques. JYB

A common swallow of marshes and open fields, the Tree Swallow is a ready inhabitant of nest boxes.


Small slender songbird.
White underneath and shiny blue-green on top.
Small bill.
Long wings.

Size: 12-15 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 30-35 cm (12-14 in)
Weight: 16-25 g (0.56-0.88 ounces)
Sex Differences
Adults similar in appearance; yearling female and juveniles brown.

Song a series of repeated whistles and twitters.

Conservation Status
Increasing slightly across most of range.

Other Names
Hirondelle bicolore (French)
Golondrina invernal (Spanish)

Cool Facts

Go here to take a look at what goes on inside a Tree Swallow nestbox, through the help of a Nest Box Cam provided by The Birdhouse Network at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Outside of the breeding season the Tree Swallow congregates into enormous flocks and night roosts, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset at a roost site, forming a dense cloud. They swirl around like a living tornado and as darkness approaches they then wheel low over the cattail marsh or grove of small trees. Large numbers drop down into the roost with each pass of the flock until the flock disappears.

The Tree Swallow uses many feathers from other birds in its nest. The feathers help keep the nestlings warm so they can grow faster. They help keep levels of ectoparasites, like mites, low too.

The Tree Swallow winters farther north than any other American swallow, and it returns to its nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. Its ability to use plant foods helps it survive periods of bad weather.

Source : http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Tree_Swallow.html

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Hello Jean,

This is a vey good capture of the tree swallow. The image is sharp, the details of the colour and texture of its plummage are excellent. The bird looks very alert and you have captured a lovely twinkle in its eye.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-07-18 13:16]


Niesamowite zdjęcie bardzo dobra kompozycja kolory i ostrość.


Bonjour Jean-Yves,
Très joli portrait avec d'excellentes couleurs et détails. Une composition parfaite. Amitiés,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-18 19:17]

Hi there JY, this is awesome! What a beautiful capture of the swallow.
All parts of it are 'in focus'. Good catch light in it's eye. It's beauty is what stands out - well done

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