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Tree Swallow / Frenzy Feeding

Tree Swallow / Frenzy Feeding
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Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-12 19:17
Viewed: 3587
Points: 2
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Tree Swallows....
I had been about 10 miles away from this location a week earlier and had literally thousands and thousands of these beauties lazily flying around in no particular direction. They were flying all around me 360 degrees and as near and as far as the eye could see. On this day, being nearby, I decided to make a stop and wait and see. After being at the location about 30 minutes, all of a sudden a thousand of these beauties attacked a wax myrtle bush with frenzy feeding. I was amazed for I had never seen anything like this. They would eat for 5 to 10 seconds and leave faster than they had arrived. They did this over and over for the 2 hours that I was there. While they were nearby flying high, I took the opportunity to photograph other birds. Afterwards, I realized that I had taken over 700 photographs.
FOR YOUR INFO.............
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. This is very similar to the approach they had on the wax myrtle bush.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
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Hello Travis,
Interesting story which you present here, your picture is a good illustration for it. We can imagine the amount of birds in the bush and they seem to be very hungry..vivid and special picture.
Kind regards

A very poetic shot Travis. It would make a great poster. I love the way these Wax Myrtle bushes as you call them look like thorns. A beautiful composition with these bushes and the number of Tree Swallow. Well worth your waiting around. TFS Trevor

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