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Old Oct 28, 2005, 10:51 PM   #1
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Yesterday I went down to our local wetlands bird sanctuary. I walked into the bird hide which faces the water hoping to get some shots of the water fowl. Inside the hide less than a minute and these two swallows flew in (they are actually called welcome swallows), I don't know who was more surprised:-)Anyway they shot out again and the two of them sat waiting on a tree more or less in the water to the left of the hide. I managed to get my camera lens out on an angle to shoot these shots but it was a dull day and they have not turned out as I had hoped. The look on the faces of these two was priceless, they were NOT impressed with humans daring to use the bird hide at all:-) When I finally left the circled me and swooped in front of my head several times just to let me know their feelings about the matter.



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just bumped these back up before I delete the photos from my photo bucket account, just wondering if these look the same as swallows from other parts of the world?
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 9:57 AM   #3
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just bumped these back up before I delete the photos from my photo bucket account, just wondering if these look the same as swallows from other parts of the world?
They look very much like our Barn swallows. I use a bb gun on them and then try to prop them up in lifelike positions.

Works ok for still shots, but lacks realism when I try too simulate flight. :blah:

This is the "Audebon Method," used so succesfully in the last century...:evil:

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 10:14 AM   #4
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just bumped these back up before I delete the photos from my photo bucket account, just wondering if these look the same as swallows from other parts of the world?
They look very much like our Barn swallows. I use a bb gun on them and then try to prop them up in lifelike positions.

Works ok for still shots, but lacks realism when I try too simulate flight. :blah:

This is the "Audebon Method," used so succesfully in the last century...:evil:

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 11:11 AM   #5
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This is a pair of barn swallows gathering mud for a nest in Georgia.



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Old Nov 20, 2005, 12:08 PM   #6
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Here's a barn swallow NW USA....
Dave, The trick is to apply some glue on favorite perch... they tend to "stick" around..... Just kidding!! :G

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you guys have made my shots look really bad nowaranoid:
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you guys have made my shots look really bad nowaranoid:
I have magic powers. Just give me the word and I will turn their camera's into Kodak Brownies.....

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*LOL* ok the rum made me say this.

It looks like a "swallowing" contest!!!!

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Old Nov 21, 2005, 9:32 AM   #10
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aladyforty...here is a couple more swallows that nest in North America and winter in South America.

Dave...that's not much magic, that's the camera I use.

Bill...here's you some more to digest.

Purple Martin: largest of the swallow family



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