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Juvenile Swallow


Juvenile Swallow
Photo Information
Copyright: Jason Searle (Mazer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS + 1.4x EXT, Digital RAW, Tiffen Haze 1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 19:46
Viewed: 3886
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken hand held and is a rather large crop. No good for printing but okay for web posting only. Just to note that the swallow was slightly bigger than a AF sensor within the view finder lol.

From Australia, with breeding first recorded in 1958. Now common in open country especially near water in lowland New Zealand, except in Otago and Southland where they are still uncommon.

The head and back is blue-black and the forehead, throat and chest is rufous. The underparts are dull white and the deeply forked tail has a row of white spots near the tip. The call is a twittering ‘twsit’.

Welcome swallows eat invertebrates, caught on the wing. Mainly flies, including midges and blowflies, small beetles and moths.

Breeding is between August and March. Both birds build the half cup mud and grass nest which is lined with dry grass, rootlets, hair, wool and a layer of feathers. It is attached to a rough vertical surface under bridges, culverts, eaves of houses, sheds, caves, rock outcrops or under overhanging banks. The clutch of 2 – 7 pale pink eggs, variably flecked reddish brown, is incubated by the female for 15 – 19 days. Both parents feed the chicks which fledge at 18 – 23 days old. The young return to the nest to roost and continue to be fed for 3 weeks.

Information obtained from: http://www.123.co.nz/tiri/Fauna/WelcomeSwallow.htm

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Hey Jason,
Good effort handheld. Your pretty much getting the same sharpness as I'm getting with everything on a tripod...steadier hands than I've got. Good timing on this capture with good camera work as per usual.
Cheers
Paul

Well, I too would say you are steady! Great capture. What percentage of the viewfinder would you say he filled...or how far were you from the subject? I like the diffused colors in the background.

TFS
Evelynn : )

Hi Jason

So this is what I missed! Excellent image with awesome timing. Nice work. :-)

very nice picture with good sharpness and
great composed
well done!

Nice to see quite the same shot taken by different photographer.
Excellent compo and details, overall.
Andrea

  • Great 
  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-01-05 9:40]

A bit small in frame but nice pose and composition with neat bg.

Hello Jason,

Excllent work, Great colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, I really like this POV alot. The bird wing expresses tiriedness, TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-05 11:25]

Hi Jason,
Lovely bird in an beautiful pose. Composition and background are very good.
TSF, José M.

Jason...yesss!
Wonderful image.
A joy!!
No further words...it is music.
TFS
Annick
Smiley tomorrow

  • Great 
  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2007-01-06 15:17]

Great Shot Jason.
They are not easy to photograph as they move so fast.
Congratulations, awesome capture.

hello Jason

very beautiful photograph I like much cheer

eric

great composition and sharpness (especially for handheld). leading line of branch works well - looks like he is ready to take off in that directions. well done

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