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Old Aug 17, 2011, 8:35 PM   #1
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Default Does anyone know what kind of bird these are??

Not a very good shot I know, but this was taken with flash in the darkness of a bed and breakfast motel porch in Virginia at night-time. These little birds had a nest high in the corner of a door jamb of a motel room. Obviously they had been there a long time, as they would look at you but not fly away. I have no idea what kind of bird they are.

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....the birds are 'barn swallows' Cute birds and very quick flyers.

These are pre-fledged young ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow
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....the birds are 'barn swallows' Cute birds and very quick flyers.

These are pre-fledged young ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow
That would be my answer, we have some around here.
Cute little photogenic critters aren't they. Nice shot.
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They are cute. Was that the pop-up flash? The one that no "real photographer" is supposed to use? (According to a few idiots over on the Dark Side.)

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They are cute. Was that the pop-up flash? The one that no "real photographer" is supposed to use? (According to a few idiots over on the Dark Side.)

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Yep Ted, that was the pop-up on the E-3, and the photo was shot with the 70-300mm lens. Since the only flash units that I still own are for my old 35mm film cameras, I just continue merrily along using the pop-up when needed. I'm sure the folks over at DP review would just think I was too dumb to know any better.

Actually I have nothing against the big flash, I just don't do that much flash shooting, and I hate to carry around extra unneeded weight.

I keep the pop-up flash normally set on 1/4 power on the camera menu, as most of the time when I decide to use flash it is just to fill in some shadows. On this shot however, it was night and the porch was so dark that I used the pop-up on full auto power. As annoying as the Oly focus assist is with the rapid light pulses, I have to admit it did its' job and the shots were in focus.
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Steve,those are pretty cute and sometimes that on cam flash does come in real handy. I still can't understand why they left off an AF lamp as it would have been much better than that crazzy pre flash that we have to put up with!

Bob thanks for the heads up on the birds ... Im assuming their a NA species ??
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Good shot and cute group. We had a ton of these on my grandparents farm when I was young. They love making nests in corners and on rafters and beams around the barn. They also like to swoop around your head when their young are near. Nice shot
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By the way, Steven, if you had taken my advice and sought out birds you were familiar with, you wouldn't have had to ask this question about the barn swallows. These are only a few miles from me:




Try to cut the intoxicated one on the left some slack - they're all a little out of their element.

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I should mention that Montgomery County really welcomes visitors and tourists. They start with a sign like this:



And follow it immediately with this sign:



These residents never met a law they didn't like.

Jeez I miss Arizona...

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By the way, Steven, if you had taken my advice and sought out birds you were familiar with, you wouldn't have had to ask this question about the barn swallows. These are only a few miles from me:




Try to cut the intoxicated one on the left some slack - they're all a little out of their element.

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I had a real belly laugh on that one; wasn't expecting that shot. And the one on the left must have gotten into grandma's cooking sherry.
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