Barn Swallow Pictures

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Barn Swallow Pictures

In honor of Barn Swallows, here are some pictures from California:

Adult male:

Just Fledged:

Flying:

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Hi, thanks for all the responses - I have been otherwise occupied the last several days.

Few answers:
Don't know where the swallows migrate to from here; but the following swallows (that I know about) do breed here: Barn, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged, Tree.

My current camera (for birds) is a Canon 5D. I started with a Rebel, then went to a 20D which is now attached to my wide angle lens. The 5D is attached to my 500mm lens - swapping lenses is awful, and can result in dust on the sensor, a real pain. So it is nice to have a couple cameras more or less permanently attached to different lenses.

I do this as a hobby as a break from many hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I took pictures on and off (big off breaks), I started getting back into it in 2002 with a film camera and mostly plants. Acquired the long lens at the end of 2004 and have been taking it with me on walks ever since.

Here is a sequence of a cliff swallow parent feeding a new fledgling:

Incoming parent

Food transfer

Just watching

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Limpopo....your pictures are just beautiful...the quality is very professional...are you doing this as a hobby ? I have been enjoying them for a while now...so just had to let you know....THANKS for sharing them with us. Smiling Smiling

Johanna

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Limpopo - what camera do you use? Your pics are so clear even when the bird is flying.

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thank you for the pics limpopo, I see the barn swallows flying over head but never got to see them closely, they are a beautiful bird...Thank you again, please post more!!!

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we get have the ** BARN - CLIFF - TREE- VIOLET GREEN - NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED - BANK - - ON OUR PROPERTY WE HAVE ONLY HAD THE ***VIOLET GREEN *- Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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BF and Limpopo where do your barn swallows migrate to in your winter?

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Great shots Limpopo. We get the Barn Swallows here in Ontario too. They mate in the spring and as they build their nests I have good luck with them being quite comfortable with me close by..camera in hand of course. The park I go to Im very lucky also that I can view nesting Bank Swallows..with the new camera,I hope to get good shots of them this spring.

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thanks for the photos - after 3 days with no power was nice to see some new photos- Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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Thanks for the kind words. A little about those pictures.

The male swallow picture was taken at a lake that had a boardwalk across it from land to sea. I looked over the side rails, and saw the swallow sitting on one of the cross beams at foot level, but normally hidden from view if just walking along the boardwalk. I slowly leaned over and pointed the camera at the bird about 6 feet away. It was great to get that close - a wonderful opportunity.

The swallow fledglings were sitting in a tree just off a path I was walking along. I usually take a picture, then move slowly closer, take another - until I can get within a decent distance. Juvenile birds are a little naive - they allow a person to approach more closely than adults do. After a certain amount of creeping forward, I took the pictures and then walked away so as not to spook the bird.

I generally do this with all birds - creep up as slowly as possible to get closer. For this reason, I don't use a tripod - by the time one sets it down, the bird flies away.

I once did it with a flock of Black Skimmers - crept up close and then just stood there for about 45 minutes just enjoying observing them and taking pictures. One of them kept an eye on me like this:

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Those are wonderful pictures Limpopo, you have a talent. Thanks for sharing. Laughing out loud

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