Three Swallow Species

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Well after nearly two weeks of uninterrupted fair weather, we're back to more typical Anchorage weather. 42 degrees this moring with fog and heavy overcast. So it's time to process (and post) a few images :)

One of the things I've aimed to do for several years is swallow BIF shots. Those little buggers are hard to hit. I finally made a deliberate effort to shoot a few and got a couple of frames when the camera happened to be pointed in the right direction and focused close to the right range.:smile:
Anyway, here's a collection of swallows.

Nikon D800E, 500mm VR

Violet-Green Swallow (my first)

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Tree Swallow

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The following shot with Nikon D7100, 300mm f4

Bank Swallow (also my first)

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Excellent work, Dan, top notch...! :cool:

I tried shooting swallows once a couple years back, I couldn't even keep
them in the viewfinder they were so fast...! :tongue:
 

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Dan,

You've hit it outta' the park! Outstanding!

So hard to pick favs, but #2, 3, and 5 each deserves a place on the wall!
 
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Really nice Dan! Where did you see the violet-green? I've never seen one.
 
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Thanks for all the comments, folks.

Steve, the violet-green was sitting with its partner in a willow by the boardwalk at Potter's Marsh. I just got there and was setting up. Obviously it wasn't in a very photogenic spot but when I saw it wasn't a tree swallow I took what I could get. First one I've ever seen too. At least first one close enough to know what I was looking at :smile:

The bank swallows nest in the bluff off of the coastal trail at the end of the runway at Ted Stevens. There is a nice U-shaped hole where the bank sluffed off so you can get a camera angle shooting down at the nesting area.
 

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