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House martins

House martins
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikon 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-10 12:55
Viewed: 1497
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the beginning of Summer when the House martins were gathering nesting materials.

The house martin is a small bird with glossy blue-black upper parts and pure white under parts. It has a distinctive white rump with a forked tail and, on close inspection, white feathers covering its legs and toes. It spends much of its time on the wing collecting insect prey. The bird's mud nest is usually sites below the eaves of buildings. They are summer migrants and spend their winters in Africa. Although still numerous and widespread, recent moderate declines earn them a place on the Amber List.

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How lovely that this species need no passports to travel; plus, they can walk or rather fly to the warmer parts of the world. Thanks for the education.
I live in Canada and we enjoy a similar species; but our fellows travel to California and or to Mexico. In fact, some of our birds travel all the way to BRAZIL.
Best and most kind regards from Canada from Mario.

Ciao Les, lovely composition with cute couple in nice pose, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end. ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-10 13:46]

Hi Les,what a pic,this is perfect to post in the S.Valentine's day...ehehe...a lucky meeting that you caught in an excellent way despite the distance and the location,great exposure and fine detail,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Les - What a beauty. It seems they are talking!!! Very well captured with splendid tone and sharpness. I like low POV shot. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-11 1:25]

Hello Les,
Lovely photo of these House Martins. Great moment, perfect timing.
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours.

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