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One of the locals told me this bird was called a Mountain Blue Bird but I'm not sure it is. He said they were nearly extinct. They have put in nest boxes for them.

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Jul 2012 - 2:18 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mountain Blue Bird
Username:Daisymaye Daisymaye
Uploaded:10 Jul 2012 - 1:49 AM
Tags:Birds, Wildlife / nature
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 1:54 AM

Beautiful capture. Love the light and POV.
Matt

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 2:13 AM

Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----

Great picture though!

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tonyguitar
tonyguitar e2 Member 232 forum poststonyguitar vcard Canada24 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 2:30 AM

That is a purple Martin Sandy. They are 1/3rd or more larger than the barn or tree swallow. In 2003 a university in Oregon had Martin houses installed on pylons from Northern California up to Campbell River, Vancouver Island BC. Ca.

There regular homes were old hollow tree snags and we clever humans cut them all down. Their numbers dropped then, but now they are fully restored due to human supplied housing.

The nesting boxes you mentioned could be your local program or an extension of the Oregon effort. Main thing though...a happy ending. TG

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 2:31 AM


Quote: Might be a swallow Sandy--- not much like the blubirds we see----

Great picture though!

that's exactly what I thought too. But they do have a lot of blue on them. The swallows I've seen at home have more emerald green. But sure resembles a swallow.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 2:32 AM

Thanks Tony. It's so good when somebody can answer these questions.

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tonyguitar
tonyguitar e2 Member 232 forum poststonyguitar vcard Canada24 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 2:34 AM

That looks like a juvenile or female. The mature male is all very dark navy in colour. OOoops, I should have said, 'Their' regular homes....above. TG

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 4:37 AM

Some of the things we do to other creatures is sometimes hard to ....... Smile But a wonderful image, and a happy outcome.

Barry

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 5:36 AM

Well captured, Sandy, a beautiful colour. Carol

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tonyguitar
tonyguitar e2 Member 232 forum poststonyguitar vcard Canada24 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 6:00 AM

I think the Purple Martin label may be a mistake.. While this bird has a shoulder collar and the tree swallow has a white chest and No collar a juvenile Martin seemed logical.

Using the barbed wire as a size comparison this one looks small for a Martin. The more likely ident may be a variation on the tree swallow.

Sorry to mislead, but I would rather try for accuracy rather than worry about losing face.

I have all the bird books and still we are often left guessing. TG

Maybe your informant was correct....so rare as to be unlisted. it is a swallow though.

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 7:06 AM

Beautiful capture.

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 8:01 AM

brilliant detail sandy wonderful colour and tones love the pose a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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franken
franken e2 Member 123271 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 8:48 AM

Lovely image Daisy.

Ken

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 8:52 AM

Some debate as to it's species, but a very good image of this Martin/Swallow Sandy Smile
Ron.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 8:57 AM

I'll leave identification to those much more knowledgable than me although Martin seems good. Whatever Sandy you have an excellent capture to be proud of.Smile
Joan.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 9:36 AM

Nicely captured, Sandy. I'd played around in google images before reading the above comments and it did resemble best a tree swallow.

Dave

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 10:20 AM

Bird on a wire eh? good dof here makes the subject stand out.

Best Matt

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 11:24 AM

Whatever he is, he's a fine looking chap! Smile Lovely capture, Sandy Wink
Trev Smile

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digital_boi
10 Jul 2012 - 11:25 AM

great song that one bird on a wire as long as it sang by jennifer Warnes good capture and barbed wire adds Sandy

GrahamGrinGrinGrinGrin

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 12:48 PM

Whichever variety this little bird turns out to be, he/she/it is very lovely and I can only hope survives to swell the numbers!

Ann

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 1:47 PM

Good shot Sandy with it sitting on the wire.
Mick.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 3:10 PM

What a wonderful capture and so interesting to read Tony's comments.

Andrew

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sable
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10 Jul 2012 - 3:11 PM

Whatever his/her species he is its a very attractive bird - well spotted and captured

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2012 - 3:36 PM

What a lovely capture,great write up about it Sandy..Lin

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tomcat
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10 Jul 2012 - 7:38 PM

Looks like a Swallow to me too

Adrian

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Lillian
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10 Jul 2012 - 8:03 PM

Sandy what a delight
a beautiful capture
Lillian

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2012 - 1:46 AM

Enchanting!

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