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Boerenzwaluw (Hirundo rustica)

Boerenzwaluw (Hirundo rustica)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, ISO 200, 86mm Kood Skylight Filter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-04 8:54
Viewed: 3470
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Hirundo
Species: H. rustica
Binomial name: Hirundo rustica

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.A distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings, it is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

There are six subspecies of Barn Swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere. Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina, the Cape Province of South Africa, and northern Australia. Its huge range means that the Barn Swallow is not endangered, although there may be local population declines due to specific threats, such as the construction of an international airport near Durban.

The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight. This species lives in close association with humans, and its insect-eating habits mean that it is tolerated by man; this acceptance was reinforced in the past by superstitions regarding the bird and its nest. There are frequent cultural references to the Barn Swallow in literary and religious works due to both its living in close proximity to humans and its conspicuous annual migration. The Barn Swallow is the national bird of Estonia.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-06-04 10:08]

Hi Thijs,
lovely shot of a beautiful bird. Good details, well exposed and well framed, i like what you did with the framing here.

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2009-06-04 10:17]

Hello Thijs,
Beautiful capture of the Barn swallow.Nice pose and POV.Good sharpness and details.
Thanks for the share,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-04 10:49]

Hallo Thijs,
Ze vliegen hier ook in het rond, maar zitten zo zelden stil. Ik heb ook eigenlijjk nog niet goed de tijd genomen om er een deugdelijke foto van te maken.
Mooie foto, hoewel het licht niet optimaal valt. Goede scherpe details en een uitstekende compositie. Heb je rest van de tak gecropt of was die er niet?

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-06-04 10:54]

Ha Thijs,

Mooie pose van een zwaluw. Altijd weer lastig om deze vogel met z'n prachtige contratsen goed op de plaat te krijgen. Het wit op de borst en het zwart op de vleugel is mooi doortekend met slechts een fractie overbelichting. De staart is wat donkerder maar desalniettemin een mooie foto met rustige blauwe achtergrond.


Hi Thijs,
Perfect lighting, wonderful composition and sharp details has what makes this photo amazing. Well done and thanks for sharing.

hallo Thijs
super compositie!!
mooi van kleur en goed van scherpte
hoe langer je er naar kijkt hoe mooier hij wordt
groetjes lou

Hi Thijs,

This is a little stunner, love the pose you've captured here with the Swallow looking over its shoulder, excellent detail in the plumage, with beautifull colours. Overall a work art and really nicely presented, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-05 4:53]

Hi Thijs.
I like this amazing photo. It is rather difficult to take wonderful shot of the swallow because of its contrast colouration. You managed to do it perfectly. I also like attractive turning (pose) of the bird and very impressive twig. Sharpness and colours are awesome. Well done and kind regards.

Hello Thijs
I love swallows, they are so elegant birds and you have taken this one in a excellent pose, the details are superb and very fine colors
the blue sky is wonderful too
Have a good WE

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-09 13:32]

Hi Thijs
Nice preaentation of that barn swallow.Good POV and sharp image with good plumage detail.Nice OOF BG and lovely ctach light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Thijs. I like your presentation here with the branch coming out of the frame! The bird is well captured and the colors are natural and as usual the sharpness is good and where did you find this in ur beautiful country :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-14 22:16]

Hello Thijs,
A very nice portrait of a Barn Swallow taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and light management. The pose on the top of the twig against a blue sky is superb and the framing adds a fine touch.
Thanks and have a good week,

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