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Juvenile Welcome Swallow

Juvenile Welcome Swallow
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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: 2005-11-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-11-17 3:50
Viewed: 3423
Points: 30
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Welcome Swallow

The welcome, or house swallow, was self introduced from Australia in the 1950s so it is categorised as a fully protected native bird. The spread of the swallow has been spectacular and they are now a very common bird throughout the country. As well as Australasia, the bird breeds in Southern Asia from India to Malaysia and the western Pacific.

They are small, graceful, dark blue and white birds, with variable amounts of rusty red on the head and breast. They have streamlined bodies with a short neck and long, pointed wings. The tail is a deeply forked “swallowtail”. Their flight is graceful and rapid as they hawk for insects on the wing. They are birds of open country, hunting over lakes, rivers and grassland and are often seen perching on power lines like so many clothes pegs.

Around here they are in competition with Piwakawaka, the fantail, which also enjoys the myriad of insects to be found around the river. They seem to live happily enough together, although expert thinking says that no two species can occupy the same ecological niche without the demise of one. By my observations, it seems the fantail is better able to cope with winter and the violent storms we often have around here by its ability to use safe roosting places.

The Australian bird, like its European counterpart, is migratory. Indeed it is thought that during its yearly migration to and from Tasmania, the birds were blown off course by storms and so ended up here. The welcome swallow shows no signs of being migratory here in New Zealand.

The above obtained from http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/welcomeswallow.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 2:04 p.m.
Date: 14th November 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/30
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Good morning Pam:

What a LOVELY bird that u posted today.
Also, great composition, nice DOF and POV, and a perfect ligthness, and of course, ur note very useful, as usual.


Great shot Pam. Very good sharpness, POV and an excellent BG. I did a workshop to try and improve on this great capture. Hope you like it..OK, I'll go pick on somebody else now ;-) Howard

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-17 9:35]

:o)) Beautiful bird
excellent quality
I like it very much.
TFS Libor

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-17 10:12]

Pam, we've got a winner here.

Excellent composition, pose and pov.

I enjoy the great details upon the feathers. The nice catchlight is there.

A cute and lovely image.

Lovely shot Pam,
This is one sweet looking chick. Great detail, colour and sharpness.
Well composed and good exposure. Thanks for posting.

Hi Pam,
Beautiful shot!. The detail is amazing. I think the cutness factor is very high here. Nice colors in this light. Well done!

Hi Pam,
Nice close-up of this cute little bird.
I really like also the presentation you've made with the 3D frames with shadows.
Excellent !!!

Yes, she's a super cutie! Nice compositon and DOF. My complements!

Beautiful clarity and colour, well caught and well done...

Hello Pam!

This is a lovely photo of this sweet swallow.

Nice pose, great catchlight in that eye, good lighting, and POV.

Well done and thank you.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-11-18 1:22]

a great shot again...
so beautiful close up...
I like the details..
well done Pam...

Hi Pam,
Nice shot wiht good details, nice colours and good POV.
Some parts is a bit OE.
Well done.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-11-18 3:53]

HI Pam,
Great shot.
Nice composition and you have managed to get the bird looking at you.
Well done.
Great PP the frame works very well to compliment your shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-18 9:48]

Hello Pam,
Wonderful shot.Sharpness,clear eyes and details,POV,framing,your cute model and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-11-19 8:55]

Hi Pam
What a cutie sitting there looking so small and plump ! Excellent light, sharpness and blurry BG.
Regards Toni

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-04-03 9:34]

Bonjour Pam,
Tout simplement superbe cette prise de vue ! Quelle qualité ! Félicitations.

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