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Never Say Die

By teocali
The Swallows arrived in our area yesterday and this little one had the misfortune to fly into the glass of a large window, knocking itself out. We put it in a quiet, shady place on the grass in the garden, with water nearby, and left it to hopefully recover. Several hours later it was still huddled in the same position, eyes closed, with the sun edging towards the shaded area. I tipped a little water over its beak and the eyes opened. It still sat for a while, giving me the chance of taking a few pictures. I then sprinkled beak and breast plumage with a little more water, whereupon the little bird flapped its wings, flew into a nearby bush then soared away into the distance Smile
Virtually a full frame capture taken from 2m away, handheld. I was lying flat to get a low POV, but this gave the bright "mushy" foreground of sunlit grass. Not sure whether this is too distracting so would be interested in hearing any views you may have.

Many thanks for your support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Ronnie(RonnieAG), David(Graggwildlife) and David(johnjo58) for their User Awards - much appreciated and valued Smile

Tags: Swallow Wild Garden Bird Wildlife and nature Migratory Hirunda rustica Amber list Stunned

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Comments


debu 6 India
7 May 2013 12:23PM
So cute! lovely one.
debu

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Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 12:38PM
This is very beautiful... Grin
IB
7 May 2013 12:50PM
Valiant effort.
It's a beautiful picture, well exposed.

The foreground:
I would be quite happy with it. I suppose that, if you felt strongly about it, you could create an adjustment layer and use it to alter the immediate foreground to suit your taste. Just an opinion.Grin
ColleenA Plus
4 322 4 Australia
7 May 2013 12:57PM
A great capture, poor little thing, what an adventure...he does look a bit grumpy, maybe has a sore headGrinGrinGrin...the foreground does not worry me
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
7 May 2013 1:03PM
This happens so often, the poor little things aren't always so lucky. A lovely image and the f/g is fine for me.......Sandy
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
7 May 2013 1:13PM

Quote:Valiant effort.
It's a beautiful picture, well exposed.

The foreground:
I would be quite happy with it. I suppose that, if you felt strongly about it, you could create an adjustment layer and use it to alter the immediate foreground to suit your taste. Just an opinion.Grin



Many thanks for that, MalcolmSmile. In fact should have mentioned in the description that I had done that and it did tone the highlights down to their present state, but further manipulation just rendered it unnatural. Should have put it up for mods Blush
Sylvia
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
7 May 2013 1:14PM
A gorgeous little Swallow... I suspect it was in need of some Paracetamol for it's headacheWink

Trev
7 May 2013 2:38PM
You can buy bird silhouettes to stick on the windows, the birds as you probably know cannot distinguish glass, I have these on all my windows that face south, the stickers are of birds of prey, they work as we have had no hits for over 2 years..........GrinGrinGrin These stickers save lots of lives..........GrinGrinGrin
boov Plus
4 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 3:17PM
Beauty
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
7 May 2013 3:25PM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
Bzox Plus
4 2 Bosnia And Herzegovina
7 May 2013 3:58PM
Excellent picture, great color, sharpen and bookeh.

Zoran
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
7 May 2013 4:36PM
Well done you - both on the the photographic front...and for the rescue Grin

Mike
MossyOak 4 22 15 England
7 May 2013 8:11PM
Well done Sylvia on getting it recovered and a great image
Richard
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
7 May 2013 10:17PM
A delightful image of this beautiful summer visitor Sylvia, glad to hear that this little one survived and lived to fly another day thanks to you coming to its aid. When I read your opening line I thought the ending would be too hard to swallow! (awful pun intended, I'll make a swift exit!Blush
Ray42 8 3 England
8 May 2013 7:17AM
A delightful shot - quite the lifesaver!!!!Smile
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
8 May 2013 11:21AM
Well done indeed for your 'recovery' actions. A very sympathetic image.GrinGrinGrin
Ron
9 May 2013 9:00PM
Thank goodness all turned out well, I had a similar experience many years ago, I can still remember holding the
beautiful little bird until it recovered and the joy of watch it fly away.
Very well captured Sylvia, no problems with the foreground at all, I just love the way you captured it with the head
slightly turned with that lovely bright eye, a fine image.
David

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