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Hirundo rustica

Hirundo rustica
Photo Information
Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-25 19:07
Viewed: 3846
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Barn Swallow sitting on the bow of a fishing boat. I always liked the over the shoulder bird pose but the boat not so much.

A familiar inhabitant of barns and other outbuildings, the Barn Swallow is easily recognized by its long forked tail. It was originally a cave breeder, but now the swallow nests almost exclusively on man-made structures.

Cool Facts
The Barn Swallow is the most abundant and widely distributed swallow species in the world. It breeds throughout the northern hemisphere and winters in much of the southern hemisphere.
The long tail of a Barn Swallow may indicate the quality of the individual bird. Females prefer to mate with males that have the longest and most symmetrical tails.
An unmated male Barn Swallow may kill the nestlings of a nesting pair. His actions often succeed in breaking up the pair and afford him the opportunity to mate with the female.
Female Barn Swallows favor males that have a darker reddish chest color.

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Hello Denis,

what an great shot from this beautiful Swallow.
Razor sharpness with good pov and details.
Fine colors.
Swallows wil be rare in the modern world.


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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-25 22:16]

Bonjour Denis,
Jolie hirondelle aux très belles couleurs. Excellente netteté et joliment mis en valeur.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-08-25 22:46]

good closeup and colorful presentation. tfs.

Hi Denis,
Very nice shot of this lovely Swallow, good lighting, beautiful colours, great sharpness and lovely highlighted eye,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello Denis,
fine shot of this swallow with beautiful colours and a nice background. I like your well chosen POV and the nice eye contact.
Best wishes,

Hi Denis, very nice capture of this Barn Swallow, fabulous over the shoulder pose with a nice catch-light in the eye, excellent warm colours you have attained here from the early morning available light, nice and sharp with good clarity, great job Denis and well done,
Best regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-26 2:27]

Hello Denis,
Very beautiful close photo of this American Barn Swallow, hirundo rustica erythrogaster, which has this beautiful orange chest.
Excellent sharpness, pose with eye contact and composition.

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful capture of the American Barn Swallow, more orange than the European Barn Swallow (young Barn Swallows; a pair of Barn Swallows), very good sharpness and colours well saturated, nice composition
Have a good weekend

Fantastic colorful Swallow Denis! It looks very different of our Swallows. Excellent photo with fantastic colors, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness. Interesting note too.

hallo Denis
very nice pose with beautiful colours and good details
thanks greeting lou

Bonjour Denis,
La profondeur de champ ne me parait pas excellente à moins que l'image soit très légèrement floue à cause de l'utilisation du téléobjectif sans trépied, mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Denis,
What a splendid little fellow. Very nice natural colors and perfect focus.
Amazing eye contact and exceptional good sharpness.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-26 11:52]

Hi Denis,
Nice shot of this beautiful Swallow.Gorgeous light and colours.
Good composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ho Denis,
Oh... very eloquent shot, and nice pose and bird's color. Well done, is a shot with a nice context.
Regards, TFS

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-26 17:43]

Hi Denis,

Beautiful sharp, colorful composition of this Barn Swallow. I can remember the fields behind the house teeming with these birds in summertime ... & then one year they failed to return.

Glad to see that they're alive & well in other regions of Canada.



Hi Denis,
Nice capture for this bird.
Dinamic pose is perfect, the sharpness is excellent and the composition is good.
Thanks for sharing

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-27 6:30]

Hi Denis,
Lovely capture of this Barn Swallow ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Denis,
Lovely capture of this young Barn Swallow in a nice pose. Fine details of colours and plumage and well composed.

Hello Denis,
This is beautiful in every respect. The colours, composition and the pleasant lighting.... well done.

Hi Denis,
Wonderful portrait of swallows. They are so busy that it is difficult to photograph them. In your photos fascinate me colors!

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