Sunday, June 30, 2013

Barn Swallow

I came across this little one resting.  I rarely get a decent photo because he is usually diving high and low at a high rate of speed across the lake.  Fun to watch but impossible to take photos of most of the time.  He had his beak open which I thought might have been a way of cooling off.  It was one of those hot, muggy days.














You can learn all about the Barn Swallow here.

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I will be linking with Anni's Bird D'Pot,



Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday



and Michelle's Nature Notes


38 comments:

Marie said...

Amazing photos, Denise! How fortunate to catch him resting.

Kay said...

I can never tell them apart from a swift. This bird is so sleek, graceful and beautiful.

Elephant's Child said...

What a gorgeous bird. Bleah to hot and muggy days though.

Cloudia said...

A tenor!



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eileeninmd said...

The Barn swallows are pretty birds, Denise! I have seen the birds panting too. Great shots!

Mascha said...

Brilliant fotos, beautiful bird :-)

Valerie said...

Lovely shots, Denise. I haven't seen a swallow this year. It is most unusual.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

He is a cutie:)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...what a treasure I've witnessed here today with your swallow images!! Great composition and action....

Enjoyed this immensely Denise!!

Hootin' Anni AND Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Sandy Kessler said...

I used to watch them for hours at our barns as a kid

Arija said...

Lovely little barn swallow and great capture too.
Sorry I was unable to comment on Today's Flowers, working in the garden gets me so tire I can't think.

Karen said...

These birds are hard to photograph. Terrific captures!

Bi Ti said...

Those are great captures Denise, congratulations!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely photos,great to see them up close.

Best wishes,
Ruby

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A few years ago barn swallows nested on our front porch. Afterwards we discouraged future such homesteaders as cleanup became a daily chore.

Carver said...

I love how you caught the swallows with their mouths open so wide.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I think swallows are gorgeous little birds, and you're so right Denise capturing them is so difficult. So, well done indeed!

Carletta said...

He's quite a pretty little bird!

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone.

diane b said...

Great shots of a bird that doesn't usually sit still. A clever header too. Birds do open their mouth to cool off.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - thats a nice bird - a good old fashioned swallow from the UK.

Our are a different species here - Welcome Swallows.

Thanks for the link to WBW.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots! I've never been able to get that close to swallows. Nicely done.

i stora drag said...

Very nice pictures of the Barn Swallow. You have come so near it!
Greetings Pia

Gary said...

Well done!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos of the Swallows.

Christian Weiß said...

It is funny to see them resting on branches.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird.

prairiebirder said...

Swallows are one of my favorite species of birds, lovely photos!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Excellent shots! I've never gotten a photo of the swallows, they're just too fast for me.

Ken Schneider said...

The swallow provided you with some very nice poses, and you captured him beautifully!

Pat said...

Great captures! I don't think I've ever seen one perching.

Betty Luckhurst said...

Great shots! I am not quite fast enough to get a good picture of them around here!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The little one does seem to be worn with heat exhaustion! But he still looks beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the barn swallow. It is a favourite of mine and I like watching it flying. :)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh fantastic photos...what a treat...and I love your header.. Michelle

pattisjarrett said...

This is an unusual shot of a very busy bird.

Jennifer said...

Love barn swallows, but they are hard to catch on camera. Great captures!

Wally Jones said...

Nice job in getting a swallow to hold still for a moment! The only photos I get of them are just a blur.