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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-09 5:34
Viewed: 3739
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

Here is a female Tree Swallow full of grace and timidity... I like the atmosphere of this picture and the nice eye contact I got with this bird. Moments like this one makes my day :)

I hope you like it too.


Cool Facts:

•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.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-09 5:47]

Hi Michel.
Simply great bird picture. Terrific subject, amazing diagonal composition, ultimate details of the charming bird. Bravo.

Hallo Michel
I admit it, I am jealous. This is such a beautiful image of a beautiful bird in a beautiful pose. I just love the shyish look it gives you, the humble way it sits on the branch and the attitude of grace that surrounds it. It is truly a attractive female. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-09 5:50]

Hello Michel,
Yes this is a graceful pose. Excellent photo of this Tree Swallow in very good sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful natural colours and matching plain BG.

Hi Michel,

What an exceptionally sharp image, glorious colour and good composition,

Fabulous picture and a very informative foot note, congratulations and well done, TFS.


Hello Michel
Fantastic photo!! The composition, the colours, the lighting, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-09 10:07]

Salut Michel,un travail de grande classe et elegance.Quelle position et quelle impressionante qualite' des details.Magnifique la gestion de la lumiere aussi.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano

indeed elegance, congratulations for the picture, very nice subject with wonderful details and lovely tones,

ciao , tino

hello Michel, wonderful subject and photo performance, I like the pose the style of the bird!
regards Nasos

Hi Michel,
what a great portrait of this tree swallow. congratulation

Hello Michel,
I bet it made your day. Would have made mine too. What a fabulously beautiful image!

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