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Quiet Tree Swallow

Quiet Tree Swallow
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 4:29
Viewed: 3981
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I present you today one of my favorite bird: the Tree Swallow...

What a pleasure to be surrounded by those wonderful flying birds!!! And if you have enough discipline to get up early, you will see more acurately the wonderful colors of the feathers with the sun not so high in the sky... This swallow let me approach enough close in order to take this picture...

Any comments?

Thank you!


Cool Facts

Outside of the breeding season the Tree Swallow congregates into enormous flocks and night roosts, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset at a roost site, forming a dense cloud. They swirl around like a living tornado and as darkness approaches they then wheel low over the cattail marsh or grove of small trees. Large numbers drop down into the roost with each pass of the flock until the flock disappears.

The Tree Swallow uses many feathers from other birds in its nest. The feathers help keep the nestlings warm so they can grow faster. They help keep levels of ectoparasites, like mites, low too.

The Tree Swallow winters farther north than any other American swallow, and it returns to its nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. Its ability to use plant foods helps it survive periods of bad weather.

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Hi Michel
Absolutely great
Amazing colours, perfect sharpness and good compo. Finally great catchlight in the eye!

Bonjour Michel,
A high quality image!
I like so much the sharpness and great definition got on the bird.
It's so good its shining plumage, as well as the pose caught.
You did it great with the DOF and the blurred background, it stand out so well the bird.
Love the catchlight on the eye!
Felicitacions et merci du partager.
Mes amities,

Hello Michel,
Excellent shot. Good pOV, sharpness, details and colours.The perch and pose are very good.TFS,

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-04 5:35]

Beautiful shot,exposure is spot on!LOVE the POV&comosition.TFS!

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  • mutan Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (329)
  • [2007-07-04 5:51]

very nice.

Hello Michel
What a great shot of this Tree Swallow,
Perfect details,compo and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV, Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-04 7:54]

Hi Michel,
Very nice and crisp sharp image of the tree swallow. The pose you caught, the eye contact with this fellow, colors and exposure control is very good. TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-04 8:38]

Hi Michel,

An amazing capture of this beautiful bird. The irridescent colors are just magnificent. Wonderful posing showing his lovely face - nice sparkle in his eye. A perfect background and a lovely composition.


Congrats Michel,
as you posted a wonderful image through an excellent compo and the beautiful light displaying the metallic colours very well.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-04 9:47]

Hello Michel,
Fine sharp capture of a Tree Swallow from a POV that shows the iridescent back beautifully. great lighting and composition too.
Nice shot!
TFS and regards, Ivan

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-04 9:54]

Salut Michel
Great image , POV and sharpness are very nice.Colors is outstanding.
TFS Michel

Hello Michel,
Absolutely good quality of image!
best pov with total sharpness, amazing colour and details
Michel, your gallery contain excellent work of photo with beautiful framing, Bravo!!
greeting from NZ

Excellent image, well composed Michel,
Beautiful blue colors, they have a nice sheen to them..Very good DOF, POV, pose, BG, exposure and sharp detail.
Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-04 12:07]

Hello Michel,
Fantastic photo of this Swallow. The colours are amazing. Perfect sharpness. Great composition and POV. The catchlight in the eye is very special.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-04 12:38]

Hi Michel.I can see why you say its your favorite bird its beautiful.the colours are amazing and shine so well. very good detail and a nice pose. you have got light in the eye . A nice POV and DOF.all finished of in a nice frame. very well done TFS. great notes to.

Great bird image Michel.
Composition, exposure and sharpness are superb.
Details in the feathers, the glow of the blue feathers, the matching colors and patterns of the tree trunk and the soft background are most wonderful.
Perfect work.
A real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-04 23:48]

Hi Michel,

A nice capture of this colorfull swallow,well cptured and tfs


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-05 0:20]

Hola MIchel,
preciosa captura,
colores y excelente pov,
sensacional iluminación... saludos

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-05 0:55]

Hi Michel,
Splendid shot of this beautiful Tree Swallow. Stunning blue colour with immaculate sharpness on its plumage and fine focus. Superb light management and the neautral BG highlights the Swallow perfectly. Excellent POV and a lovely composition. Kudos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-05 1:07]

Bonjour Michel,
Couleurs magnifiques. J'en prends plein les yeux. Vraiment c'est une image simple mais de toute grande beauté. Très jolie la petite lumière dans les yeux de cette hirondelle. Bravo

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-07 8:12]

Hi Michel.
Thank you for your amazing comments, kind words and honorary decision.
Your present shot is outstanding. I am impressed so much. To photograph this bird is so difficult task. You have solved it perfectly. Terrific pictured scene at whole, amazing lighting and colours, wonderful combination of perfectly detailed sharp main subject (beautiful sparrow and impressive trunk) and extremely smooth, nicely coloured BG. Bravo and my congratulations. One more my favorite shot.

P.S. I am trying to picture this bird and cannot get good shots yet.

Encore une autre excellente capture Michel. J'adore la brillance sur ces oiseaux et tu as très bien capté la splendeur de ces couleurs avec de très bons détails, une bonne composition et prise de vue. Le BG est de toute beauté!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 18:41]

Hello Michel

A beautiful portrait of this swallow.The colours are outstanding.Very good clarity with spot on focus and excellent sharpness.TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-17 3:46]

Hello Michel,
What a splendid capture of this beautiful Tree Swallow from a very nice angle to catch the light on the plumage. Sharp details and lovely colours. The light background makes it really stand out. Beautiful composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Bonsoir Michel,

Une belle image de cet oiseau au plumage bleu et noir, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hi Michel,

What a shot. This is superb! You really know how to wield that panasonic "point-and-shoot". Incredible. The detail on the bird is good, the DOF absolutely spot-on, yet the BG is perfectly OOF. I love the picture. Well done!


Will be back to award the points, my smileys are finished.

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-11-07 17:24]

Bonjour Michel,
difficile d'ajouter un qualificatif, ils ont tous été utilisés avec raison ... une photo parfaite Bravo !

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-05-12 14:09]

Salut Michel,
Très belle photo de cet hirondelle. Belle présentation avec des couleurs juste. La composition et la posture de l'oiseau est excellente.

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