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During a recent visit to Scotland, staying on the shores of Loch Lomond to photograph a wedding - we visited the ruins of Kilchurn Castle, circa 1449, on Loch Awe. While up on the battlements I became aware of all the Swallows flying around the structure. Looking over the edge gave me a wonderful aerial view of these graceful birds swooping and gliding around the building. When I turned around, this guy was sitting on one of the protective railings with a face full of mud for its new nest… These birds had just flown all the way from Africa to NW Scotland and dived straight into nest building and family life - what a feat…I bet they even keep the midge population down too once the younglings are born … Wink

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Lens:LUMIX G VARIO 35-100/F2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jun 2014 - 2:16 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Swallow…!!!
Username:Greyheron Greyheron
Uploaded:20 Jun 2014 - 8:32 PM
Tags:Bird, Castle, Kilchurn castle, Loch awe, Mud, Nw scotland, Swallow, Wildlife / nature
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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 8:37 PM

A superb capture of this well travelled feathered friend!

Richard

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95951 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 9:15 PM

A fine shot Mike, but your write-up is definitely something specialSmile


Adrian

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Teaka53
Teaka53  1 England
20 Jun 2014 - 9:47 PM

WOW, that is one superb shot

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 10:16 PM

Big meal for such a little fellow, no wonder he's hungry after that flight. Great capture Mike.
Peter.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 10:34 PM

Super shot and narrative Mike.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinRon

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 11:01 PM

Many thanks for dropping by to view, vote and comment Grin

Special thanks to Alan and Ron for their valued User Awards - appreciated muchly guys Grin

Mike

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2014 - 11:27 PM

Great write up Mike, brilliant capture too..Lin

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2014 - 2:09 AM

We have tons of birds, swooping and eating is a plus!

You have an urgent nest builder here!

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2014 - 6:21 AM

A cracking capture. Carol

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2014 - 8:48 AM

Super close up image of this nest builder

Brian

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2014 - 12:47 PM

Many thanks for your interest and support Grin

Mike

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2014 - 8:34 AM

very impressive image and what a mouthful
Lillian

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2014 - 6:09 PM

Thank you Lillian Grin

Mike

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SteveMackay
23 Jun 2014 - 10:19 PM

Wonderful shot Mike!, fantastic detail, eye contact and what a beak full for it's new nest!......loved your write up too, I agree, what a feat indeed!, much respect to migrating birds like this, it must be such a perilous journey each year!......to see them return and think of what they have achieved always puts a smile on my face, as does your photo!Smile

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2014 - 8:05 PM

Thanks Steve - appreciate your words… Grin

Mike

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capto
capto e2 Member 21323 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2014 - 8:34 PM

Smashing quality image.Smile

ivor

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2014 - 8:36 PM

Cheers Ivor Grin

Mike

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2014 - 10:09 PM

Delightful viewing and beautifully taken, Mike - love it, together with the perfect title Smile
Sylvia

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2014 - 3:13 PM

Thank you Sylvia Grin

Mike

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
26 Jun 2014 - 5:02 AM

So sweet!
It'll not go hungry today... Grin
Good capture....
IB

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2014 - 4:42 PM

Many thanks for taking the time to view and comment Grin

Mike

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2014 - 8:32 PM

A delightful image of this beautiful little nest builder, a real pleasure to view

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2014 - 10:12 PM

Thanks for taking the time to drop by Ed, appreciated Grin

Mike

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glenalva
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22 Jul 2014 - 7:17 AM

Love this image!! Smile

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Greyheron
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22 Jul 2014 - 6:43 PM

Thank you Ali Grin

Mike

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DonMc
DonMc e2 Member 6DonMc vcard United Kingdom
4 Aug 2014 - 7:40 PM

Excellent image and text Mike!Smile
Regards Don

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2014 - 8:08 PM

Cheers Don Grin

Mike

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DonMc
DonMc e2 Member 6DonMc vcard United Kingdom
2 Sep 2014 - 3:49 PM

Hello Mike, I have not seen a Winkstationery Swallow before, it's a little cracker with more colour than one would think!SmileSmile
Don

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