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A young Swallow (Hirundo rustica), perching on the overhead power cables, stretching its wings in preparation for the maiden migratory flight to Africa - I do hope it makes the journey safely and returns next year with its companions.
17.5m from subject, tripod. This is a heavy crop.

My thanks to those of you who dropped by and commented on yesterday's upload. Always very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2012 - 9:07 AM
Focal Length:700mm 17.5m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2500sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Maiden Flight
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:11 Sep 2012 - 10:40 AM
Tags:Bird, Hirundo rustica, Juvenile, Maiden flight, Migratory, Stretching, Swallow, Wild, Wildlife / nature, Wing
Votes:Voting Disabled
Views:85
Unique Views:39

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M_squared
M_squared Plus Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 - 10:43 AM

A stunningly clear image.

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 43843 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 11:02 AM

Another great photograph in this charming series, one of the highest quality, stunning colour, crisp well defined detail, pin sharp focusing, and superbly composed.

Regards Nathan

Last Modified By NDODS at 11 Sep 2012 - 11:02 AM

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5146 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 11:05 AM

Marvellous at 700mm., Sylvia: it does look rather uncertain about everything.
What a migration ahead of it.......another bit of nature's marvels.
Ronnie.

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paskinmj
paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 12:24 PM

Well spotted.
Matt

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 12:37 PM

lovely ... and yes a safe journey please

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 3:09 PM

That's a long journey. A great image.....Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8169 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 3:17 PM

A fine capture, Sylvia, I too wish it a safe journey. Carol

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 4:01 PM

Cracking good capture Sylvia. I wonder how far away this little fellow is now.???
Ron

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman Plus Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 4:05 PM

There have seemed to be lots of them around despite are awful summer, I'm sure we'll see them back next year, not sure how the numbers will be though....

Ade

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife Plus Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 7:29 PM

Well exposed and timed Sylvia...I too hope the journey is a safe and trouble free one Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 8248 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 7:45 PM

A fine shot of this beautiful little bird, I hope we shall see him/her back here again next spring

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bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 91942 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 8:45 PM

Caught this one in a great pose Sylvia - a bit of a balancing act there I think.
Brian.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 8325 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2012 - 10:08 PM

Great shot despite the heavy crop mentioned

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2012 - 7:25 AM

A cracking capture Sylvia - an amazing feat flying all that way when you think of it - I get knackered walking a 100 metres

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