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In Flight Tree Swallows

This is a discussion on In Flight Tree Swallows within the Animals (mammals, birds, insects etc.) forums, part of the Show your photo (Color) - Landscape & Nature (flowers, mountains, storms etc.) category; This pair of tree swallows has a brood in the bird box that the bluebirds occupied last year. I've tried ...

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    This pair of tree swallows has a brood in the bird box that the bluebirds occupied last year. I've tried to get in flight shots of them a few times with out much success. Tracking a small bird like this as its flies quickly against the background of trees is extremely difficult to track, even with the most advanced AF systems. So instead I set up the camera in Manual exposure and manually focused on a spot where I anticipated them flying past as the returned with insects for the chicks to eat. I also used a flash in manual as well for fill as these were taken in mid afternoon.

    Female Tree Swallow - As you can see, she seems to be missing all of her tail feathers on her left side.







    Male Tree Swallow



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    Very nice shots! Such pretty little birds and damned fine hunters to boot!

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    WOW those are awsome Mike

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    Thanks RB and JAS!! I'm happy to report that all the chicks have successfully fledged!

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    Very nice Mike. Really like the wing placement in that second last one.
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    Thanks HBG and Marko!

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