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White-winged Swallow

White-winged Swallow
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-22 6:47
Viewed: 1781
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken from a small beach at the bank of a river. I was sitting next to Caymans. In front of me in the river a lot of Caymans, Giant Otters and on a tree trunk in that river this beautiful swallow.

The White-winged Swallow (Tachycineta albiventer) is a resident breeding bird in tropical South America from Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad south to northern Argentina. Being non-migratory, stray birds are not often encountered.

The adult White-winged Swallow is 13.2 cm long and weighs 17 g. It has iridescent blue-green upperparts, white underparts and rump, and white edgings to the secondary flight feathers. The sexes are similar, but juvenile plumage is grey brown above apart from the white rump.

The call is a harsh chirrup.

White-winged Swallows are easily distinguished from the related Tree Swallow, which has occurred within its range, by the white in the wings; this is lacking in the otherwise quite similar Tree Swallows. White-winged swallows also have a heavier bill than North American species.

The White-winged Swallow is usually found near water, and feeds primarily on flying insects. It normally occurs in pairs or small flocks.

This swallow builds a cup nest lined with other birds' feathers and some seed down in a tree hole, between boulders or in man-made structures. The clutch is 3-6 white eggs.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
Thank you so much for showing us such a beautiful white winged swallow! Never seen this species before. Wonderful POV, excellent sharp details, superb natural colors, magnificent composition and gorgeous lighting. I like its pose with a thin wig in its mouth! Great work, my friend, and have a nice day!

A delightful image of a beautiful Swallow from Brazil and apparently at work, Peter.
The colour tones on the bird are extremely well captured.
The composition as a whole is exceptionally charming.

A White-winged Swallow with a twig.
Very beautiful capture Peter.
Crisp and clear, perfect colour with nice composition.
best wishes,

Hello Peter,
This one is a very good photo. Nice natural colors and excellent focus as usual. Perfect composition taken from a excellent POV with lovely light and best clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Peter,
interesting situation. Very good composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-22 7:59]

What a cute Swallow image...is it building a nest some where...had to see them like this perched..beautiful image. tfs.

Ciao Peter, congratulations for this great capture of new speccie for TN, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-22 9:35]

Hello Peter.
A great shot of this swallow,with excellent sharpness and detail and you show this swallow in a natural ambiance,well seen and captured.Regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture with great details,impressive pose and expression,very well exposed subject and well balanced composition.

hallo peter
mooie opname met het strootje in de bek
super scherp leuke compositie zo op die stronk
en kijkt ook nog naar je
Kleuren zijn prachtig
groet lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-22 11:18]

Hi Peter,a first time is always a great satisfaction! A magnificent capture of this rare swallow nesting,great details and colors,perfect light on the dark plumage for beautiful metallic reflections,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
WOW, what a great image. Never see one of these swallow before.
Excellent sharpness and you even got the catch light in the eye. Another one of your beautiful pics. Great note. Fantastic and thanks for sharing.

Another great bird photo Peter! Nice pose, excellent composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-22 23:59]

Hello Peter,
nice bird, nice capture rare species,thanks..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-23 5:19]

Hello Peter,
Love this subtle picture! it is so pleasantly composed, the colours are so fine, the pose of the bird ideal. Very artistic and well done.
Thanks a lot, also to present a new species on TN.
Kind regards

Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen this species with such colour here in TN befiore.
Very beautiful bird.I like its glittering colour.Well captured with good POV.Splendid BG.
Thanks for sharing such species,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-23 10:19]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful and for me unknown kind of swallow.
Nice composition with good moment captured.
Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Peter. Great pose for the plesant one. Amazing metallic colours perfect DOF details.


Hello Peter, This is very good time for taking picture.
Very good detalis and nice cupture.
well done

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-24 10:13]

Hallo Peter,
A very good capture of this White-winged Swallow ..
Beautiful colours, great sharpness and a fine composition.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-28 20:39]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations on another first for TN. What a beautiful Swallow you have captured, it reminds me a lot of our Tree Swallows here in Ohio.
Attractive pose with a bit of a twig in it's beak. Exceptional sharpness and beautiful iridescent blue colors in it's plumage. Well done!!

Hello Peter

Very beautiful photo of this Swallow from South America, shot at the best
moment of his pose with a nest material in his mouth, fine low POV obtaining
the eye-contact, in a beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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