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Tree Swallows - An Aerial Ballet.

 
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Apr 07, 2010 12:34 |  #1

I spotted a Tree Swallow sitting on a low branch in a Birch tree. Tree Swallows are very tolerant but this one allowed me a close up with a 300mm. It's then when I saw the injuries. The Swallows are establishing nesting sites and the aerial fights are frequent. This one was probably one who had participated in one. I changed to the 400mm, f/5.6 and started shooting some of the birds that were zooming over the field at incredible speeds and maneuvering turns that were hard to follow. IMHO this is the second most difficult bird to photograph in flight, after the Chickadee.

1/ The injured one.

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The EXIF data is intact. It May be of interest to some to see what settings are required to shoot Swallows on the wing. Thanks for looking.

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Apr 07, 2010 12:38 |  #2

Really incredible shots Joe, but I don't see the injury on that first one, unless it's something near the eye.


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Apr 07, 2010 12:43 |  #3

Congrats Joe. Super shots. You beat me to them by a mile.


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Apr 07, 2010 12:45 |  #4

Beautiful set Joe and I agree about the swallows & the chickadees. Love the last shot....there must have been a fly buzzing around your head :)


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Apr 07, 2010 12:49 |  #5

Fantastic captures Joe!! I was a bit surprised to see the shutter speed on these shots. We have Barn Swallows flying around our house but they aren't getting close enough just yet. They are really tough to follow.


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Apr 07, 2010 12:51 |  #6

Really incredible shots Joe, but I don't see the injury on that first one, unless it's something near the eye.

got that right, a real bonny set of shots!


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Apr 07, 2010 12:56 |  #7

Me again Joe....just noticed your post count. Congrats on 1,000 and I'm looking forward to the next 1K. You push us all to improve with the standard you set.


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Apr 07, 2010 13:09 |  #8

canonloader wrote in post #9950750 (external link)
Really incredible shots Joe, but I don't see the injury on that first one, unless it's something near the eye.

Thanks Mitch. The injury is in the right eye. It was completely closed. I chose not to show that side.

Waldemar Sikorski wrote in post #9950791 (external link)
Congrats Joe. Super shots. You beat me to them by a mile.

Thanks a lot Val. They are tough to shoot.

sugarzebra wrote in post #9950806 (external link)
Beautiful set Joe and I agree about the swallows & the chickadees. Love the last shot....there must have been a fly buzzing around your head :)

Thanks Scott. There probably was but who can tell with these split second shots.

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Fantastic captures Joe!! I was a bit surprised to see the shutter speed on these shots. We have Barn Swallows flying around our house but they aren't getting close enough just yet. They are really tough to follow.

Thanks Brad. Even with shutter speeds in the 3000 mark, blur can still be seen in the images. That's not a bad thing but it was my choice to try and freeze wing movement. Good luck with the Barns.

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got that right, a real bonny set of shots!

Thank you Brett. See Mitch's reply for the complete answer.

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Me again Joe....just noticed your post count. Congrats on 1,000 and I'm looking forward to the next 1K. You push us all to improve with the standard you set.

Hi Scott. That was a surprise for me as well. I hadn't kept track of the numbers and am quite surprised I've been on POTN that often. It's a fun forum with impressive talent. I think I'm here to stay my friend.


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Apr 07, 2010 13:21 |  #9

Great shots, Joe. The pose in the last shot is a fantastic capture.


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Apr 07, 2010 13:34 |  #10

Nice captures! I've tried to get these guys in flight and it's tough! I like the last one that's flying right at you.


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Apr 07, 2010 16:00 |  #11

Fantastic set Joe....I have trouble keeping up with these guys with my eyes when they're flying, I sure couldn't do it with a camera.


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Apr 07, 2010 16:18 |  #12

Great shooting, buddy. I'd have had my neck in a brace after that. Tough to pick a favourite out of this lot but will have to go with the last image. It looks like he's trying to tell you to back off. :)


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Apr 07, 2010 16:29 |  #13

Superb set of in flight shots


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Apr 07, 2010 16:47 |  #14

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #9951037 (external link)
Great shots, Joe. The pose in the last shot is a fantastic capture.

Thank you so much Levina. Glad you like that one.

gymell wrote in post #9951135 (external link)
Nice captures! I've tried to get these guys in flight and it's tough! I like the last one that's flying right at you.

Thank you Liz. He looks very intense in that one.

Shar824 wrote in post #9951970 (external link)
Fantastic set Joe....I have trouble keeping up with these guys with my eyes when they're flying, I sure couldn't do it with a camera.

Thank you Sharon. As Harvey and I discussed, in my 70th year my mind says it's easy but my body says, not so fast. :D

Harvey_G wrote in post #9952065 (external link)
Great shooting, buddy. I'd have had my neck in a brace after that. Tough to pick a favourite out of this lot but will have to go with the last image. It looks like he's trying to tell you to back off. :)

Thanks buddy. You never get see the expressions until the images are downloaded. They're always a surprise. What fun.

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Superb set of in flight shots

Thanks a lot Ken.


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Apr 07, 2010 19:33 |  #15

Excellent captures Joe. I tried capturing swallows in flight a few weeks ago and know how hard it is to track and shoot these guys. Well done.


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