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Striated Swallow I

Striated Swallow I
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): gondox's favorites - animals, Great Workshops [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-22 3:46
Viewed: 3978
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Striated Swallow (Hirundo striolata) is a species of swallow found in open, often hilly areas, clearings and cultivation in South and Southeast Asia from northeastern India and Taiwan south to Timor. It is sometimes placed in the genus Cecropsis as Cecropsis striolata.

Striated Swallow was formerly sometimes considered to a subspecies of Red-rumped Swallow.

Striated Swallow is 19 cm long with a deeply forked tail. It has blue upperparts other than a reddish collar (sometimes absent) and streaked chestnut rump. The face and underparts are white with heavy dark streaking. The wing are brown. The sexes are alike but juveniles are duller and browner, with a paler rump and shorter outer tail feathers.

There are five races

H. s. striolata breeds in Taiwan, The Philippines and Indonesia.
H. s. mayri breeds from northeastern India to northwestern Myanmar. It has broader streaks than nominate striolata.
H. s. stanfordi breeds from northeastern Myanmar to northern Thailand. It has broad streaks.
H. s. vernayi breeds locally in western Thailand. It is more rufous below than the nominate race, and is only faintly streaked on the rump.
H. s. badia breeds on the Malay Peninsula. It has faintly streaked deep rufous underparts, and an unstreaked rump. It is sometimes raised to species status as the Rufous-bellied Swallow, Hirundo badia or Cecropsis badia.
The contact call is pin, the alarm is chi-chi-chi, and the song is a soft twittering.

This species, particularly subspecies mayri is very similar to Red-rumped Swallow of the race japonicus, but is larger, more heavily streaked, and has a less distinct neck collar.


The island subspecies and badia are essentially resident, but the continental races mayri and stanfordi are partial migrants which move south in the winter.

The Striated Swallow breeds from April to July alone or semi-colonially with scattered nests. The nest is a retort or bottle shaped structure, made from mud pellets and lined with dried grasses and feathers. The clutch is usually four, sometimes five, white eggs except for badia, where two eggs is normal. Both sexes build the nest, and share incubation and the care of the young.

Nests are constructed in natural caves, but very often in artificial sites on bridges, in culverts and on buildings.

The Striated Swallow feeds low over the ground or at cliff faces on flying insects. It has a slow buoyant flight compared to Barn Swallow. It will feed with other swallow species.

-Source Wikipedia

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Except for a bit of noise in the BG, the image of the Swallow is of good quality, Goldy.
I can make out from the bird's shadow on the rock that you shot this picture at around mid day. The shadow of the head on the upper plumage also suggests that.
However, you have dealt with the bright light conditions well through aperture value 8.
The details and colours on the subject are very good.
Overall, it is a very nice image of this bird not seen that frequently.
TFS and cheers.

Hallo Goldy
I like this image very much. A swallow is one of my favourite birds and you have managed to capture this one in a perfect close up pose. I like the back view showing us the perfect shape and colours of its plumage. It looks like it is wearing a butlerís suite. I also like the way it is looking back at you as if it want to ask: "Is this pose ok? Or should I turn a little more sideways. You really have outdone yourself on this one, and I like it a lot. The only thing I do not like is your background and I cannot really pin point why. It is as if there is a lot of noise in the background, and the bright green distracts the eye of the real subject. It is never the less a special image, because I have never had the oppertunity to photograph a swallow so close and in such a pose, as they are busy bodies and have lots of energy. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards from a very wet and cold South Africa.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-22 4:57]

Hi Goldy,the position of light in this pic is perfect,excellent colours and details ad very nice backgorund,beautifull work and very interesting note too,my best compliment,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Goldy, great pose to this, there is a bit of BG noise, perhaps too much sharpening, but the birds colours and details are excellent. Fine work !! regards h

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-22 6:03]

Hi Goldy,
a very pretty looking bird you show us here. Beautiful colours and a very nice pose caught too, taken at Noon i guess?!
Lovely work,
thanks or sharing it.

Hi Goldy,
A nice capture of this beautiful species of swallow. A bit noisy but very good composition and a nice POV. I have made a WS just removing the noise and some level adjustment. Hope you will like. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Bro Goldy,
I think we are now a member of bird fans:-). Wonderful capture and lovely pose of this swallow!
Greetings from Cyp.

Ahhhh..now I see... I have Picasa and sometimes use it...some images are almost perfect. So I do it in Picasa and then do a screen capture with paintshop Pro. After than I check filtering and add or subtract noise..which is what I will do with this one if you don't mindf...as it is indeed a fine image of this aviary!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-22 9:22]

Hi Goldy,

A beautiful Swallow - one that I have not seen before. The colors are wonderful - especially that almost royal blue. A lovely pose and a perfect shadow. The noise is a bit distracting but even so the bird jumps out from the background.


Hi Goldy,

Very nice capture of this Swallow. I like the composition where the bird is looking like it where showing the BG to spectators. Nice bright colours and sharp details.



Hi Goldy,

No Elephants but an Swallow?
In the Netherlands we say, One Swallow makes no summer yet!
The bird are beautiful from color.
A pity from that hard light.

regards Gert

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-22 11:51]

Hi Goldy!

I always like to watch pictures that are not usual from a member. Your imaging style with the unique sharpening technique you use with the picture of this colorful bird together make a bird shot that is very different from other bird shots! I prefer to see something new all the time, especially when new is equal to something wonderful like this! TFS!

Best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-22 14:43]

Nice shot of the swallow - they are hard to capture - they are always moving so fast. So well done on this one Goldy

Hello Goldy
it is very beautiful species with glossy plumage. I also captured similar Hirundo rustica today. You captured it very nicely. Colors, focus and timing very nice. It looking very lovely. best wishes my friend

Hello Goldy,

This is a very nice image of this lovely Swallow.
Beautiful colors in the feathers and pose of the bird.
Love the color contrast, feather details and the shadow of the bird on the rock.
Very good sharpness and exposure, but in my opinion the nois distracts a little.
Nevertheless a very nice shot and very good note also. TFS!!!
I think Bob "egshannon" dit a very good job on the reduction of that noise.

Warm regards, Harry

hello Goldy

wonderful shot of this bird, fine POV and DOF, i love the way
the bird is framed diagonaly on the image like his pose,
excellent and beautiful luminosity of the image,
great sharpness and details, and i love that catch-light
at the eye that it change alot in imroving the image, TFS


Hello Goldy. This is so sharp and very well exposed image. Stunning pose of this swallow under good light and pleasant green muted background. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Goldy,
Good close of the Swallow with awesome colour and details
beautifully done and presented
well done

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-23 8:30]

Hello Goldy,
I would rate this picture superb inspite it has noise in the shot. Excellent compo and superb framing. Well done friend Ganesh
(Where were you not visible??)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-23 8:41]

Hello Goldy,
Very beautiful photo of this Swallow. Indeed the BG is noisy, but the Swallow is great.
Pose, colours and sharpness are excellent.

Hi Goldy, lovely bird in nice pose with fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-23 18:44]

Hi Goldy,
Splendid shot of this colourful Striated Swallow enjoying the sunlight. Very impressive sharpness and lovely colours on its plumage. Superb light and exposure management and I like the way it looks over its shoulders at you. The BG noise could have been removed. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-23 19:02]

Hello Goldy,
Pretty bird captured nicely, with great color and nice out of focus background. What a nice looking species, thank you Goldy.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-23 23:07]

Hi Goldy

Great pose and wonderful colours. I think you could get rid of the noise with a bit of PP.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-25 21:38]

Hello Goldy

A lovely image of this cute swallow.
The plumage colours and details are very good.
Nicely placed in the frame.


Hello Goldy,
This is a colourful little fellow, looking over the shoulder to see what is going on!
The colours are well reproduced with good details in the plumage and a well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hello Goldy
Wow, the colours here are so rich. The green background is a nice compliment to the dark blue colour of the Swallow. I also like the position of the swallow looking back at you. A nice natural image. Great notes too.
TFS Janice

Hi Goldy,

The Striated Swallow is impressive. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bird. The light brings out the nice colors. The subject is well framed. Have a nice day.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-30 10:41]

Hi Goldy.
This is really amazing picture. Scene is wonderful. Pose of the swallow is charming and details and sharpness of its image are perfect. Shot is composed very well. Lights and colours are so impressive. Some noise is not a point at all. My compliments.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-01 5:03]

Hello Goldy,
Another excellent capture of the Striated Swallow, one that I missed earlier.
I like the pose and POV and it contrasts very well with the OOF natural green BG, the swallow itself being pretty sharp.
TFS this beauty,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-16 7:13]

Hello Goldy, very nice and colorful picture of that beautiful Swallow! Great pose, good composition and fine technique, well done, thanks!


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