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Tree Swallow (female)

Tree Swallow (female)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/5.8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-05-19 16:18
Viewed: 2069
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and a female. I found her, and many more of them in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield. It was my second visit to that sanctuary. First day being cloudy, windy and rainy, i couldn't explore much.. so had to go again. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is a 2,018 acres of protected land and a Mass Audubon sanctuary.

Lets come to the species now.

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) belongs to the family 'Hirundinidae', which is the family of Swallows and martins. The genus is 'Tachycineta', i.e., of Swallows and is restricted to the continents, North and South America. There are 9 species under this genus.

Tree Swallow "is a migratory passerine bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

This swallow averages 13.5 cm (5 inches) long and weighs about 20 g. The bill is tiny. The adult Tree Swallow has iridescent blue-green upperparts, white underparts, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colours than the male, often more greenish than the more bluish male. The juvenile plumage is dull grey-brown above and may have hint of a gray breast band."

"Migrating and wintering Tree Swallows can form enormous flocks numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset and form a dense cloud above a roost site (such as a cattail marsh or grove of small trees), swirling around like a living tornado. With each pass, more birds drop down until they are all settled on the roost."

"Tree Swallows winter farther north than any other American swallows and return to their nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. They can eat plant foods as well as their normal insect prey, which helps them survive the cold snaps and wintry weather of early spring."

"Tree Swallows feed on small, aerial insects that they catch in their mouths during acrobatic flight. After breeding, Tree Swallows gather in large flocks to molt and migrate. In the nonbreeding season, they form huge communal roosts."

"Tree Swallows breed in open habitats such as fields and wetlands, usually adjacent to water. They nest in artificial nest boxes as well as tree cavities. Foraging flocks are frequently seen over wetlands, water, and agricultural fields."

Information courtesy:
All About Birds

[Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. No tripod]

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Hello Ruby

The lateral light that this female Tree Swallow
is facing it is beautiful, with a fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details,
the catch-light at the eye always enhancing
the photo by rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-19 20:38]

Hello Ruby,
A very attractive shot of this pretty little Tree Swallow. I saw quite a few of these beautiful Swallows this past week while up at the marsh.
I like the fact that you captured it from a rear angle in order to show us it's colorful iridescent plumage. Wonderful detail and beautiful natural coloring.


Ciao Ruby, great macro of lovely bird on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-20 2:42]

Hi Ruby,
Superb light and colors ! Excellent details and beautiful composition! TFS Tina

Beautiful image with good colors and sharpness


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-20 7:26]

Hello Ruby,
Excellent photo of this Tree Swallow in great sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Pleasing eye contact.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-20 15:49]

Hi Ruby,excellent capture this swallow,i like the perfect details on the difficult dark plumage,you work in the best light for a magnificent result,great exposure and nice pose too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Lovely colors and the catch light is special. The details are excellent! Personally i avoid square formats and i feel a little more directional space on the right with more traditional aspect ratio would have enhanced the image.

Bonjour Ruby,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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