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The so nice Tree swallow

The so nice Tree swallow
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-22 7:10
Viewed: 4908
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

Today I present you this lovely Tree swallow photographied at the Carbonneau's marsh last June.

It is an eternal pleasure to photography those so sympathic birds.

I hope you like this one :-)

Cheers from the frozen north!!!


Cool Facts:

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.

The Tree Swallow uses many feathers from other birds in its nest. The feathers help keep the nestlings warm so they can grow faster. They help keep levels of ectoparasites, like mites, low too.

The Tree Swallow winters farther north than any other American swallow, and it returns to its nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. Its ability to use plant foods helps it survive periods of bad weather.

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To PeterZ: You made my day :-)pilonm 1 12-22 14:12
To Noisette: Merci Noisette!pilonm 1 12-22 12:26
To MartinL: About the black frame...pilonm 2 12-22 09:46
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-22 7:16]

Hi Michel
Perfect capture, wonderful colors and composition.Good job.
Best regards.
Razvan Zinica

Hi Michel.
yes I like it, this a great picture of the tree swallow, beautiful colours, very good sharpness and exposure, all details are well seen.
And it standout nicely from the clean BG.
I like the compo and the POV too.
Well done.

Hallo Michel
This is just what the doctor ordered. A real spectacular swallow with fine and delicate features. A lovely close-up with stunning colours, sharp details, and spot on focus. I've got a thing about a bird eye with a flashlight caught in it, and this one with its tiny polka dot eye is no exception. This swallow's feathers looks so soft and smooth and you have captured these details so precisely. The pose of the bird is great, showing the feathers from the side in all its splendour. I find the small pitch black beak very sweet, and the black stripe running from the eye to the beak is very attractive. If I could describe this in humanlike manner I would say this looks like a bird with good manners and a charming personality. This was a real pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Michel,
an excellent shot of this beautiful tree sparrow with fine composition, excellent details and clarity.
TFS this fine image my friend!
Greetings from cold and rainy Izmir:)



That's a great shot ! I love the details, sharpness, focus and excellent background. Your composition makes this a very clean, professional looking picture. In my honest opinion, I don't think a thick border is the best here as I'd rather see more of your excellent background but besides that, its a winner! Great work.

Best Regards,


hi michel, what a nice swallow. very sharp and i like the composition so much. tfs.

Hi Michel,
Indeed a wonderful one! i think that nice one is not enough to describe it! Great warm colours all over the frame, touching warm colours. Texture on feathers are great as well! i like the posture of the bird! pov and framing are also choice!
Exceptional shot and thanks for sharing!

bonjour Michel

Excellent sharpness on this shot of tree swallow and great bokeh. I like the diagonal direction of both the bird's body/tail and the branch with matching color to the wings.

tfs, bill

bonjour Michel
C'est une des plus belles photos d'oiseaux que j'ai jamais vue.
Les couleurs et la netteté sont extraordinaires, j'adore son oeil pétillant. Le BG flou fait bien ressortir L'hirondelle. Du bon travail bravo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-22 11:07]

Hi Michel. This a very beautiful picture of the Swallow which you have taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. This is a good POV/DOF with a nice pose with its head turned to one side. Your use of the light has given natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-22 11:49]
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Hello Michel,
This is the most beautiful photo of this Swallow I've ever seen. Superb photoin wonderful natural colours, against a perfect plain BG. The sharpness and details are excellent. DOF, POV and composition are also fantastic. Great class!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-22 12:30]

Bonjour Michel !
Quelle photo merveilleuse, j'adore ! L'oiseau en lui-même est magnifique, avec cette couleur bleuté sur le dos, les détails sont excellents, la composition et le POV sont impeccables, et l'arrière-plan est fantastique, flou avec de si jolies couleurs pastel. Félicitations !

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-22 13:22]

Hi Michel

What a splendid shot from you!
A truly impeccable capture of this cute tree swallow, presented here in a beautiful natural light.
The details are absolutely perfect and the DOF is equally great, giving you a gorgeous bokeh in the BG. This way, the swallow is brought out both by the exceptional focus as well as from the natural contrast of the two.
Wonderful colors and composition, too.

BRAVO, TFS and Happy holidays!

Hello Michel,
WOW! great shot, superb sharpness, wonderful clarity, excellent composition and pov, fantastic details in the plummage, beautiful vivid colors and lvoely oof background,
outstanding work!

Hi Michel from teh frozen north :-)

There is nothing to critique on this one. It's technically and aesthetically perfect.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tree martin with teh world.


Hello Michel,

Splendid capture.
Beautiful colours with great details.
Lighting and definition are fantastic.
Good notes.

Hi Michel,
A very beautiful photo. I like the clean look of the composition and the amazingly beautiful colors of the swallow. The DOF isolated the bird with great perfection and gave it this extreemly sharp outline. The details in the feathers are wonderful and the reflection in the eye perfect. I love how the pastel colors of the BG contrasts with the colors of the bird.

beautiful capture with great details and nice colours!
perfect background!
Merry Christmas!

Ciao Michel,
grazie del tuo commento; ho visitato la tua bellissima galleria e ci sono immagini fantastiche, come questa catturata con straordinariua definizione, eccellenti POV e composizione con la splendida posa con uno stupendo OOF BG, bellissimi anche i colori.
Tanti Auguri di Buone Feste e Felice Anno Nuovo.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-24 1:30]

Hello Michel,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-24 11:36]

What a lovely shot, Michel!
Very, very good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Lovely colours.

Very good work!


Merry Christmas!

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  • hains Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 12] (959)
  • [2009-02-04 6:44]

Salut Michel

Absolument magnifique. La photo est parfaite. Les détails sont bien net et les couleurs naturelles. Son regard avec sa tête tourné fait connaitre un des nos plus bel oiseau.

Merci de partager


hello Michel
beautiful colours on a good composition
great details and good light
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-27 11:19]

Hi Michel.
I have missed your few shots. This one is outstanding in every aspect. I like it so much. Unbelievable exactness of all detail of the bird. Fantastic quality of the shot, sweet subject, nice note. My congratulations and TFS.

Hello Michel, very beautiful bird and you photographed it nicely. Excellent composition and fine background.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Michel,

Le flou de l'arrière-plan met en évidence l'oiseau. le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet d'admirer les détails et les couleurs de l'hirondelle sur la branche. La luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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