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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-09 3:45
Viewed: 7278
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
En: Barn Swallow
Lat: Hirundo rustica
Fr: Hirondelle de cheminée

Barn swallows are native in all the biogeographic regions except Australia and Antarctica.
Mass: 17 to 20 g (0.6 to 0.7 oz)
Length: 14.60 to 19.90 cm (5.75 to 7.83 in)
Wingspan: 31.80 to 34.30 cm (12.52 to 13.5 in)
Sexual dimorphism: male larger, male more colorful.
Barn Swallows usually produce 2 clutches per season
Breeding season: Barn Swallows breed from May to August.
Eggs per season: 3 to 7; avg. 5
Barn swallows are socially monogamous. However, extra-pair copulations are common.
Female barn swallows select for symmetrical wings and tails in potential mates and also tend to select males with longer tail feathers.
Unmated adults often associate with a breeding pair for up to an entire season. Though these "helpers" do not usually feed the young, they may help with nest defense, nest building, incubation and brooding.
Both birds of a pair make the nest. They build the shell of mud, and line it with grass and feathers.
Expected lifespan in wild: 4 years (average)
Barn swallows are diurnal and migratory.
They have individual songs and often sing as a chorus.
Barn swallows are insectivores. They catch most of their prey while in flight.
Barn swallows frequently engage in a symbiotic relationship with ospreys, coexisting in a single nesting area to the mutual benefit of both species. By nesting near an osprey population, the barn swallows receive protection from birds of prey, which are driven away from the nests by the much larger ospreys. In return, ospreys are alerted to the presence of these predators by the barn swallows which give alarm calls when predators are nearby.

To rescue the bird, it was captured (10 quick shots) and immediatly released outside.
In the eye the black area inside the sky is my lens (I wish it was not there)
PP work: removal of ugly parts of background using:
- rotate of full pic 33%
- crop 80%
- Clone brush + select,copy,paste (applied on background only)

Thanks for looking.

anel, SkyF, Jamesp, Alex99, Evelynn, NellyD, jeanpaul, nainnain, izler, kjpweb, Ena, sranjan, mlines has marked this note useful
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To Evelynn: so closeNephrotome2 1 05-10 02:03
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Nice close-up JeanMarie!
Very sharp great positioning!

Great close-up shot. Great details, colours, light, sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-09 7:45]

Bonjour Jean-Marie,
Etonnante petite visite que tu as eue. Jolie histoire. Cela me rappelle qu'il y a quelques années en arrière, j'ai aussi eu la surprise de voir une hirondelle se trainer par terre jusqu'au salon. Ce portrait est bien réussi, cela te permet une superbe netteté et de nous montrer l'oeil vif de ta visiteuse.
Bonne journée

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-09 10:21]
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Hello Jean-Marie,
this one really let you come close and it resulted in a perfect close up of this bird.
POV, sharpness and details are excellent.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-09 12:11]

Hi JeanMarie

A fantastic shot. One to be really proud of The detail etc are wonderful.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-09 12:57]

Hi JeanMarie.
Your shot is very-very impressive and perfectly done. Crop is great. Quality of the shot is amazing: details, sharpness, colours, POV and DOF. Reflection into the eye is fantastic. Bravo and best wishes.

Bonsoir Jean Marie,
Superbe cliché d'une netteté parfaite et des couleurs magnifiques.
Excellente composition..!

I am surprised that you were able to get that close... even with an ultra zoom Olympus. It is a very sharp image with an effective close crop. The colors are super.

Evelynn : )

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-10 5:48]
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Hi JeanMarie,
how did you get so close?!?
Great capture that is sharp and detailed.
Will be back tomorrow.
Well done,

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-05-11 13:06]

Hi JeanMarie,

Wow, what great details on this birds head, excellent close up, with beautiful colours, great sharpness, light and BG.
I also like the reflection in it's eye, good job!
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

Bonjour JeanMarie , super macro head portrait , i can see you in swallow's eye , congrat. very sharp and good POV , TFS and good luck...

Bonjour Jean-Marie
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. Le portrait de l'oiseau est parfait et la netteté est très bonne.Tu as très bien su capter son regard.

Merci pour l'envoie er bravo....JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-19 23:06]

Bonjour JeanMarie

A superb close up of this barn swallow.The details are wonderful,sharp and well focused.Excellent colour saturation.Well done.TFS


Salut Jean-Marie
Magnifique photo surtout la couleur métalique sur la tête, qques remarques: l'arrière plan pourrait être encore plus flou; un petit coup de flash aurait donné un reflet vivant dans l'oeuil, mais l'autoportrait avec ton objectif n'est pas mal non plus ;-)

bonjour J M
magnifique ce portrait d'oiseaux, des couleurs extra bien délimitées, et j' adore cet oeil bien brillant
félicitations sincères, amitiès et merci de nous faire partager de belles choses

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-05 13:43]

Wow JeanMarie,
great portrait of this barn swallow. You and he were very lucky that you could capture him, make a few shots and been released outside.
Nice pov, sharpness and great details.
tfs Paula

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-06 10:47]

merhaba Jean Marie
wonderful portrait photo of this beautiful swallow and great eye contact and eye details
i like composition, point of view, colours, sharpness, details and pp working
thanks for sharing

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-06 11:13]

Wonderful Closeup. Can't hardly get better! Bravo!

Excelente la nitidez que has conseguido de la cabeza.

Excellent shot great closup and nice focus lovely light crisp detail. rgds Necip.

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2007-08-02 10:41]

Bonjour Jean-Marie,
La photo qui est aussi belle que l'oiseau est d'u grande netteté !
On peut même apercevoir dans l'oeil de l'oiseau le paysage que celui-ci reflète.

Hello JeanMarie,

Great close up, and vivid detail. Superb job!



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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-12 16:04]

Hello Jean Marie,
Wonderful shot! Excellent colors and sharpness!

Hello Jean,
Superb close up by you of this Barn swallow. Amazing details of the face. TFS.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-08-28 14:05]

Hi JM, I like the very close-up view of this small bird. I think small birds are one of creations most wonderful things, always busy, always clean, always interesting to see. Not so allways easy to photograph well as you have here. We have a tiny willy wagtail living in the garden but to date he is too quick to photograph. Good work. TFS. Murray.

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