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Hirundo neoxena

Hirundo neoxena
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 2:29
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Points: 54
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Welcome Swallow

Scientific name: Hirundo neoxena
Family: Hirundinidae
Order: Passeriformes

Description: The Welcome Swallow is metallic blue-black above, light grey below on the breast and belly, and rust on the forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail, with a row of white spots on the individual feathers. The outer tail feathers (streamers) are slightly shorter in the female. Young Welcome Swallows are buffy white, instead of rusty, on the forehead and throat, and have shorter tail streamers.

Distribution: Welcome Swallows are widespread in Australia, but are less common in the far north than in the south.

Habitat: Welcome Swallows visit a wide variety of habitats with the exception of the more heavily forested regions and drier inland areas.

Seasonal movements: Welcome Swallows are partially migratory, moving around in response to food availability.

Feeding: Welcome Swallows feed on a wide variety on insects. They catch prey in flight, using their acrobatic flying skills. The prey is guided into the bird's wide, open mouth with the help of short rictal bristles bordering the bill. These bristles also help protect the bird's eye. Where insects are in large supply, Welcome Swallows feed in large flocks.

Breeding: Welcome Swallows readily breed close to human habitation. The nest is an open cup of mud and grass, made by both sexes, and is attached to a suitable structure, such as a vertical rock wall or building. The nest is lined with feathers and fur. The female alone incubates the eggs but the young are fed by both parents. Often two broods are raised in a season.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 6:21 p.m.
Date: 1st February 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 340mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-01 2:39]

Gorgeous, Pam.
Perfect exposure.
I don't know why, but I find swallows very hard to catch in the right light.
You did a great job with the focus and the POV.
Wonderful details in all the different kinds of wings.
TFS. : )

Very good and detailed shot. Congratulations and thanks for sharing,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-01 2:52]

HI Pam,
splendide spécimen posé sur un piquet de bois, l'instant est bien choisi pour obtenir une bonne netteté.
Superbes détails et couleurs permettant une identification sűre.


Hi Pam,
Very neat and sharp image. Great details.
Beautiful natural colors.
Nicely framed.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Pam, a perfect shot, well managed and presented.
The BG is amazing.
(I have to wait march for my shallow in Italy, now they're in Africa)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-01 3:49]

Hello Pam,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-01 3:58]

Hello Pam,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,vivid colors,simple BG,lighting,clear eyes and composition a lot.

Hola Pam
Bonita foto la que nos presentas, dentro de poco nos llegarán las nuestras de Africa.
Gran fondo y detalle, mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-01 5:29]

Hello Pam, what a beautiful image. The crop and composition are just about right. It seems that all was with you looking at the image information, which has given a fantastic sharpnes (but also your skills of course)
Complimetns, JAcob

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-01 7:01]

Hi Pam

What a charming capture!
I really love the way this welcome swallow looks...it's much more colorfull that the common ones here!
I gues you were a little lucky to catch it sitting there so patiently and letting you shoot it so nicely, with not even all the zoom ;)
The composition here is outstanding! I raelly love the sharp details here - on every edge or line or feather on its body - and also that superb BG.
The light is also wonderful and the exposure spot-on!
Very nicely framed and presented as well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pam,
You nailed this one perfectly! Awesome!
Nothing else needs to be said.
Great camera work my friend,

Hi Pam
Excellent details and colours in well presented shot. Pose and crop makes this shot pleasant to see.

Wonderful, Pam.
No nitpicking whatsoever.
Great background. Good pose. Beautiful bird:-).
Thanks for sharing

bonjour pam
tres bon gros plan de cette hirondelle rustique,bons details et belles couleurs.
j'ai hate qu'elles reviennent ici avec le primptemps.

hi Pam,
splendid swallow beautiful composition and colors good detail played well cheer


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-01 17:33]

Hi Pam,
can't wait to see them fly again, I guess I have enough of the snow already. This shot is fabulous, very well composed with this lovely neutral BG which shows of the swallow very well. POV, sharpness and details are fabulous.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-01 22:58]

Hello Pam

Another beautiful bird portrait.The 2 things that stand out the most to me are, the well focused swallow with excellent sharp detail and well saturated colours,and the amazing OOF BG that compliments the composition so well.Outstanding shot.TFS


Hi Pam,
A fantastic capture! Amazing details on the feathers, perfect DOF with a nice green BG that makes your bird stand out very nicely.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Pam,
Top shot. Excellent BG and sharpness . Love the colours. Cheers

Hello Pam,
This is a very nice portrait of this bird. Colors, pose, details and exposure are just great! I like this composition too. Well done!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-02 6:17]

Hi Pam,
What an interesting name: "Welcome Swallow". It makes me wonder if there is a story behind it.
It is a pretty bird and you have done a super job showing that. No nits here!
Looks like I'm fresh out of points...;-( expect some tomorrow...;-)

Hi Pam
Belle prise de cette Hirondelle,les couleurs sont justes et la netteté excellente. Félicitations pour la pose et et la composition.

Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

Now you just can't beat the detail on this one, excellent shot, both the clarity, color and perfect profile are all on the money!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-02 12:56]

Excellent image Pam with an aesthetic point of view very low.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: *****
Framing: ****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: ****
Note: *****

I like the details and colors shown in the bird.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

this is great pam!
fine swallow with good
sharpness and fine pov
very well done!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-03 8:17]

Hi Pam,
Perfect pose, colours, details, sharpness and background. The swallow is beautiful too.
TFS, José M.

Wow! You got really close on this very small swallow, an amazing feat even though you had a 100-400mm lens. Excellent details and natural colors, the soft OOF back is th eicing on the cake Pam. :)

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