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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-24 17:10
Viewed: 3143
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was looking through some of my photos from the previous year. One of them struck me, because it was a reminder of when we were able to visit the observation building at Frank Lake, Alberta. It has not been possible this year, because the entire area in front of the observation building has been flooded. Last year, in June, I was taking pictures of the Ruddy Ducks and Eared Grebes, when I looked over on the side of the observation building and spotted this beauty. He (the breasts of females are lighter in colour) had stopped to rest, before making another pass over the lake, in search of insects. He is a Barn Swallow or Hirundo rustica. In the spring and summer, they migrate north from Mexico, Central America and South America, to breed in virtually all parts of the Continental US and Canada -- except for the most northerly regions (from iBird Explorer Pro).

The Barn Swallow, according to Wikipedia, is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. As well as in the regions I referred to above, they can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa. Wikipedia goes on to say that the Barn Swallow is so named because of its use of man-made structures in which to breed. Therefore, with the expansion of the world population, and the building of additional barns, etc., the Barn Swallow's numbers have increased significantly.

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Hi John,
I love it. This is really sharp, the focos and light are both excellant. Great irradecent colors on this swallow as well. Yes I saw a ton of these birds grewing up. These birds always managed to terrize the cats as they swooped down upon them. Are you still getting lots of rain there? I came home today from holidays today and the pond in the back is two feet higher than when I left.
Well done.

Hi John,
Beautiful bird with excellent colour. Good sharpness.Very well done.


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  • Kasek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 13 N: 50] (284)
  • [2011-06-25 3:06]

Excellent sharpness and beautiful pose. This is really lovely photo. Well done.

a brilliantly colored species. the bird looks in anxiety and curious. good clarity. thanks for sharing.

Hello John

Beautiful close-up photo of the Barn Swallow
with fine POV and beautiful eye-contact,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Beautiful photo John!! The composition and the colours are excellent. The sharpness is impressive.

Hi John
I just love swallows! The plumage on this Barn Swallow is really pretty. I also love the pose he's giving you with his head cocked toward your camera, plus the barn board adds to his natural environmnet and creates and nice backdrop. Well composed and great notes.
TFS Janice

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