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Tachycineta bicolor

Tachycineta bicolor
Photo Information
Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-19 21:57
Viewed: 3263
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This swallow is sitting at the hole of a man made nest box. I figure it came out a fallen pine tree that had a woodpecker hole in it. The female is inside and the pair would sit and talk to each other wilst she sat on the nest.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, is a migratory passerine bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

This swallow averages 13.5 cm (5 inches) long and weighs about 20 g. The bill is tiny. The adult Tree Swallow has iridescent blue-green upperparts, white underparts, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colours than the male, often more greenish than the more bluish male. The juvenile plumage is dull grey-brown above and may have hint of a gray breast band.

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Hi Denis,
Excellent portrait of this tree swallow. The details, sharpness, light and colors are superb,

Hi Denis, fabulous capture of this little beauty, wow what awesome sharp detailed feather texture, i think the use of fill in flash has pulled this one off, fantastic colour saturation and not to forget the highlighted eye, great job Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-20 2:53]

Hello denis,
A beautiful swallow with its metallic blue plumage. You had just the right light on it! A fine composition and sharpness is excellent too. Well done!
Kind regards

Hi Denis,
This bird is simply fantastic!
The blue is very beautiful and the sharpness is excellent.
Composition and DOF are great.

What a wonderfully coloured swallow. Good photo. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-20 8:47]

Hello Denis,
Very beautiful close photo of this Tree Swallow. Gorgeous colours and excellent sharpness and details. Good DOF with blurred BG. The pose with the eye contact is a great bonus.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-20 9:07]

Hello Denis.
Wonderful shot.Sharpness,clear color and details,POV,framing,your cute model and composition are perfect.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hi Denis,
Excellent captured of the tree swallow, super clarity sharpness, lovely highlighted eye and beautiful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

Hello denis,
Fantastic shot. Very nice details, colors and perfect focus.
The composition is great.
I like the nice POV, the great focus and clarity of the image.

Interesting species of swallow and beautiful photo Denis. The colors and the lighting are fantastic. The sharpness is impressive.

very good scene, the light the colors performance!
regards Nasos

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-20 13:51]

Hi Denis,
this image is fantastic and fantastic is the look of the swallow! Excellent sharpness, light, POV; wonderful time taken.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Denis,
Nice and eloquent job, all here is combined to tell us a history, great shot, thecnnical and artistic perfectly. Well done MF!
Regards TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-20 15:27]

Hi Denis,magnificent specie and fantastic capture,what a perfect metallic blue and what a impressive sharpness!!! I like it.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Denis,
lovely capture of this beautiful bird with wonderful colours and good sharpness. Very good composition, my compliments.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-20 18:14]

Hello Denis,
this is a lovely view. The view is so lovely, especially the blue and shiny feathers.
I like the way it perch, so pleasant in its surroundings.
Nice view and exciting shot.


Hello Denis,
A beautiful capture taken with great details, excellent sharpness and nice colours. Well done!

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-24 19:32]

Hi Denis,

What a spectacular, almost copper blue hue plumage on this tree swallow. The splash of green vegetation does not go unnoticed contrast wise. Sharp, sharp focus & a choice perched pose make this a winning composition. Well timed, well captured, well taken!



Bonjour Denis,
Excellente publication valorisant bien le sujet sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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