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Thank you for your words & votes on my feature of Aug 26th, "Kingfisher Hope II." As always, your interest is much appreciated.

With the Summer drawing to an end so quickly (the Swifts have already abandoned us in my area) I've been looking back through my files to rekindle memories of an afternoon spent walking along the banks of the River Nene, watching Swallows & Martins.
This set shows my attempts at trying to catch these fast-flying birds in flight.
V1: A Swallow about to swallow a fly. Look closely & you can see the fly & its reflection in the water.
V2: A Swallow shakes of water after a dive in the river.
V3: A Martin caught in flight as it skims low over the water, hunting for flies.
Each picture suffers a little from cropping & lacks crystal clear detail - anyone who has tried "in-flights" with these birds knows how difficult it is to perfectly record every individual element.
Large Versions - if you choose to look - reveal the faults.

Manual Exposure F/6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, WB Daylight, 400/400mm hand held.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon EF L 100-400 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Swallow Set II
Username:TerryMcK TerryMcK
Uploaded:28 Aug 2010 - 9:03 PM
Tags:Birds, British wild birds, General, Swallow, Tmck, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
28 Aug 2010 - 9:06 PM

A stunning image, well done in capturing this fast little bird.

Christine

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WYNN
WYNN  4 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 - 9:06 PM

EXCELLENT CAPTURE FOR A VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECT.

WYNN.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 9:08 PM

three great captures, wonderful timing x x

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 - 9:09 PM

i think you have done really well,

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 9:33 PM

Superb action and timing, a well composed set of shots. Excellent colour and detail.
Steve.

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 - 9:44 PM

What a stunning set great timing well done
Harry

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 10:05 PM

Great timing. Looks as though he is telling his reflection off. Probably sees something to eat............Sandy

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 10:49 PM

Such a wonderful set!! Our House Martins and Swallows swoop just like this over the fish pond, so I know how near impossible it is to capture such good shots as these, given their speed! If really pushed I'd probably go for V1 and its fab reflections but in truth reckon this has to be seen as a set, so my vote is for all 3. Well done indeed!!

Ann

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Lynx08
Lynx08 e2 Member 61233 forum postsLynx08 vcard England
28 Aug 2010 - 11:02 PM

nice shot, especially like the first one with the reflections.

Lyn

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2010 - 11:54 PM

Superb set of all action in-flight shots, Terry. The detail is so immaculate in each. Truly excellent work.
Ronnie.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 6:07 AM

Three superb captures, Terry. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 8:06 AM

An amazing set - each have their own merits but V1 stands out for me - excellent work

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
29 Aug 2010 - 8:59 AM

A fine set. Catching these birds in flight is very difficult which makes this set even more amazing. V1 just takes it for me

Vince

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 - 9:42 AM

I think you`ve done really well - love them all

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 10:24 AM

Well done Terry - a great set - Ina

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 11:38 AM

oh wow Terry what a remarkable piece of work superb

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DannoM
DannoM  556 forum posts England
29 Aug 2010 - 11:48 AM

great set terry, excellent captures
dan

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acousticmist
29 Aug 2010 - 12:26 PM

A great capture Terry, well done.....Martin

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Great set of capture's Terry - well done indeed

Chris

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HobbitDave
29 Aug 2010 - 5:21 PM

Wow, what a trio, Terry! Superb. v.1 just gets it for me but all cracking shots. Wonderful!
Dave.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 6:45 PM

just viewed your latest uploads Terry.
All good stuff as usual.

Don't forget the invite to The Coppice
It is still open & to be honest, middle late morning onwards, is the best time at the moment.

Adrian

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bromley-smith
29 Aug 2010 - 8:37 PM

Excellent set of images Terry, marvelous action.
Tony

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Adrian_Reynolds
29 Aug 2010 - 8:59 PM

I take it 1&2 are in sequence Terry, which make them even more impressive, very good camera work, all fine images,
Adrian

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TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 9:01 PM


Quote: I take it 1&2 are in sequence Terry, which make them even more impressive, very good camera work, all fine images,
Adrian

You are quite correct, Adrian. A point I failed to make in my narrative.
Terry

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2010 - 9:25 PM

Excellent captures Terry. I tried to get this sort of shot on holiday with swallows regularly drinking from the swimming pool! Its very difficult so I commend your efforts here.
Steve

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dweezil
dweezil  6 England
29 Aug 2010 - 9:44 PM

Superb set Terry,not easy
Craig

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2010 - 11:21 AM

Swallows are so difficult to get but you have done remarkably well here Terry, a superb set especially hand held,
Geoff.

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2010 - 8:48 PM

A lot of time effort and throw aways to get these Terry !! Very Very well done mate.......10/10

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2010 - 9:05 PM

Excellent set of images Terry, not an easy subject to capture, well done on getting these superb handheld shots.............

Tony.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
31 Aug 2010 - 8:36 PM

Excellent set,well captured.

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mrjt
mrjt  8 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 - 5:53 PM

Nice capture....Jack

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 - 7:21 PM

Superb capture a real beauty.

Tim

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6527 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Sep 2010 - 7:57 PM

Three great shots the timing in V1 and 2 is amazing. - gary

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 - 8:26 PM

Three superbly timed and captured in-flight shots, Terry, V1 is outstanding.
Roy

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SheilaMai
SheilaMai  4 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2010 - 2:57 PM

These three photos are really very good.

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chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 3:10 PM

An excellent set of images Terry, such difficult captures, superb skill.
Down here on the south coast of the Isle of Wight we had very large numbers leaving through last week, perhaps they knew a break in the weather was coming.
David

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2010 - 3:14 PM

Thanks, David. I've not seen a Swallow or Martin around my local reserve for several days now. Roll on Spring!
Terry

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