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Old Apr 28, 2015, 11:38 AM   #1
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got this little tree swallow at my "bird park" yesterday. the waterfowl are mostly gone now, though a few will remain all summer, and the activity level has dropped off a lot, but there will be small birds - warblers, finches, woodpeckers, waxwings and such in the willows, etc., all summer. hopefully the pied-billed grebes will nest there again, and i'll be able to get some shots of those as well... anyway, this swallow was investigating a nesting hole from last season while another, possibly its mate, perched nearby. it apparently reached some decision, because shortly after, they both took off for parts unknown...

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Old Apr 28, 2015, 5:35 PM   #2
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Very nice Rocky, I tried for quite a while yesterday to get some in flight shots of a swallow. It didn't go to well.
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Old Apr 28, 2015, 9:40 PM   #3
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Beautiful photos. I love how you placed the hole and tree with the bird at an angle. Really makes the photo pleasing to look at.
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This are Rock solid pictures! The in flight one is very difficult due to the Swallow's swift movement .
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Very nice Rocky, I tried for quite a while yesterday to get some in flight shots of a swallow. It didn't go to well.
thanks, Mugmar! they are fast little fellas, aren't they!

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Beautiful photos. I love how you placed the hole and tree with the bird at an angle. Really makes the photo pleasing to look at.
thank you, Tangula! actually, the tree leans that way... i just waited for the swallow to land and give the right pose, looking out away from the trunk...

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This are Rock solid pictures! The in flight one is very difficult due to the Swallow's swift movement .
thanks, WCKSer! i have yet to get a really good shot of them in "free flight", where they're swooping and soaring around like little jet fighters... i can't seem to keep 'em in the viewfinder!
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