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Proud bird

Proud bird
Photo Information
Copyright: Vladimir Ivanov (izanoza) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 18] (228)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.4, ISO 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swallows [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-28 20:04
Viewed: 4963
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)

The barn swallow is about 6 inches (15-19cm) long, and has slate blue wings and head. It has a dark orange throat and forehead and a paler orange chest and underside. It has a deeply forked tail.

Contemporary Barns Swallows nest almost exclusively on manmade structures: on bridges, wharves, and buildings; in mine shafts and culverts; even on moving vehicles and boats. Originally, Barn Swallows built their nests on cliff faces and in caves and rock crevices, but now such nest sites are rare.

True to their name, Barn Swallows typically nest inside a barn that is often associated with domestic animals. A barn usually supports a colony and the nests of six to eight pairs; on rare occasions, a barn is home to as many as 50 pairs. Nests are built with straw and mud and lined with feathers. These birds may take 1,000 trips to gather mud, which is worked into a pellet and carried to the nest site in the birds' bills. Barn Swallows usually build their nests close to the ceiling on a beam or tucked under the eaves.

Barn Swallows have the broadest range of any swallow species. With the proliferation of human-provided nesting sites, the North American Barn Swallow population has increased in most places during the 20th century. Returning Barn Swallows show strong fidelity to their natal site, most nesting within 20 miles of their birthplace and some much closer. Members of a pair typically stay together to raise a second brood and return in successive years to the same nest site.

Barn swallows are Neotropical migrants. They travel by day, eating as they fly. They can even feed their young while they are in flight! They can travel as many as 600 miles a day. Barn swallows migrate in large groups.

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For creat it with an excellent details,and what a lovely light situation you had there,nicely done,and you was lucky ,too, abot her face that turn it to you:)
but with very fine Dof managing,the result is great,lovely shot:)
You did great,Vladimir

This birds head position makes the photo. Looks almost as if it's on backwards! What looks like early morning light highlights this..Great DOF and strong details in your image make it a memorable one!

Very good Vladimir.
Good details ,good DOF and nice colours.
Well done.
Even I post a swallow to today.

Hi Vladimir
Good note and a nice compo on the roof. A small nit, this type of "leading with the bill" POVon the head of the bird is normally not as flattering as a side view, since the focus goes, look at the tip of the bill.Maybe a nit of tweaking to lighten the shaddows too. I like the deep colours here.

Hello Vladimir,

Colorful bird, I like how the lights goes to his/her head, very clear picture.



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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-09-14 10:15]

is it african or european swallow??
because they can catch coconut :) (see Monty Python)

I love this bird, because it's remind me whe nI was a child with my grand-father in his wood factory.

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