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Feeding Station

Feeding Station
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Family Matters 3, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 0:46
Viewed: 3774
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Swallow (Barn Swallow) youngsters being fed by their parent at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve. I am posting another picture of them waiting to the WORKSHOP.

From Birdguides:

In: Barn Swallow Ca: Oreneta vulgar Da: Landsvale De: Rauchschwalbe Es: Golondrina común Fi: haarapääsky Fr: Hirondelle rustique It: Rondine Nl: Boerenzwaluw No: Låvesvale Pt: Andorinha-das-chaminés Sv: Ladusvala US: Barn Swallow Ru: Деревенская ласточка

Swallows are slimmer and more elegant than the martins, a feature exaggerated by the long tail streamers of the adults. The dark throat and, of course, the all-dark rump separate them easily from House Martins and Red-rumped Swallows.

Breeds mostly in farm buildings. Feeds in the air usually over open country.

Ringing studies have shown that a pair of Swallows will return every year to nest in exactly the same barn, unless one of them dies 'en route'.

An few individuals are seen in Britain in winter but most migrate to Africa, south of the equator. The British breeding population winters mostly in South Africa and Botswana, the German birds wintering further north, from Guinea to Zaire.

eng55, Royaldevon, uleko, darwin, Dis. Ac., jaycee, gracious, SelenE, nglen, CeltickRanger, Jamesp, Argus, goldyrs, Adanac has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-19 0:51]

Hi Pekka,
Excellent action capture.I liked moment you caught,BG,POV and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-19 1:02]

Oh Pekka, this is good. It is so hard for me to get good shots of these fast moving swallows and here you have six of them.

What a wonderful image with mother (in flight) feeding her babes. You shot it at just the right time - BRAVO!

PS I love the WS as well - thank you.

Hi Pekka

Very nice image. The moment captured is very sublimly heartening. One point though, the depth is quite shallow. Well that can be guessed for a 550mm f-length. But the focus could be more on the centerstage where activity is going on rather than on the idle onlookers waiting for their turn. The focus could be managed upto the moving blur caused in wings & tails. Compositionally [TL] this is perfect but on TN we are interested in activity.

Well, I know this is all theory. Because a priory you do not know the direction from which maternal food supply shall appear [ref WS] & you do not have large DOF at that range.

Thanks again, for sharing this.


I just love this, Pekka!
What a wonderful, interesting, action shot!
The details, showing how the mother feeds her babes whilst still in flight are remarkable.
Superb pov with the waiting line of infants receding from you.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-19 1:38]

Hej Pekka,
Terrific capture of these youg Swallows being fed. Lovely shot in the workshop too, the youngsters look really cute. Excellent DOF, sharpness and beautiful colours. Very well-timed and fine compositions too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Pekka
This is an outstanding capture..you have done superbly well to capture the parent at such a slow shutter speed..Very well found out subject matter and then recorded wonderfully.
All the Best

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-19 2:47]

Hello Pekka,WOW what a shot. Wonderful moment of parenthood. I like the anxious moments of other birds waiting for their turn. Very nice capture. Ganesh

Hello Pekka,

A great shot! Very cute image of this mother swallow feeding its youngs. Excellent composition, POV and focus. The picture in the WS is very good too. TFS.

Hi Pekka

Not an easy capture to attempt but this one has come out quite good. Great bit of action to capture the moment of delivery. TFS


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-19 5:34]

Hi Pekka
great composition
very well done.

Hi Pekka
Great action shot and moment with superb timing
tfs jon

Hello Pekka,

Very nice picture from these Swallow with the kids.
Exelent pov and dof.
Well done.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-19 11:25]

Hi Pekka,

Wonderful family shot. Great timing to freeze the moment when the parent passes the seed to the offspring. I love the way the others are watching with eager anticipation for their turns. Excellent colors and details of all the birds - even the parent's wing is sharp and clear.


Hello Pekka,
Fantasitc feeding image!
the inflight adult perfectly captured with a great freeze up pose in a perfect moment!
the image is so sharp with good lighting and superb details
very well done indeed

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-19 12:09]

Hi Pekka,
A very nice action shot. I like the scene you captured a lot. Tfs
All the best,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-19 13:33]

Hi Pekka. This is a Fantastic shot of the young birds . with a good inflight shot of the parent. Great detail and colours. i love the the pose you have captured with all the mouths open . well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-19 13:57]

Very good capture, Pekka!!
Excellent action and immensely good timing from you.
Quality is exceptional as usual.
Very well composed and a good POV.
Superb lighting.

Excellent work!


p.s I won't be able to go to Elmsley Marsh now because my family are all going somewhere else :-( Hopefully I can go soon though :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-19 23:25]

Hi Pekka

WOnderful work - an amazing shot - superb timing, great composition - and amazing perseverance!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-20 3:15]

I had my eye on this one but ran out of critiques so I want to say what a fine capture with excellent timing of a barn swallow feeding her young all line up. Nicely sharp and froma great POV.
Nice one and thanks for sharing it,

Wow Pekka, that's great! splendid action capture you take a wonderful moment with mother bird feeding her little creature, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Pekka

i am laughing and big smiling because i love it your image,
WOW ! what a wonderful image of these Swallow chicks
each one waiting his turn to be feeded,
fine POV, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


This is an amazing shot, pekka...Knowing how busy these swallows can be, it seems you got a nice appointment with them!
Very well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-22 17:59]

Hello Pekka,
Splendid image of this busy parent feeding its young, I also like the workshop photo of them anticapating their next meal.
Excellent work as always Pekka, thank you for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-27 8:34]

Hi Pekka,
Outstanding shot and you have freezed this action moment so skillfully. Fantastic timing. Very impressive sharpness and details with perfect lighting. I like the BG which illustrates the surrounding well. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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