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By tocketts
Always get these 2 mixed upSmile Mud gathering to make nests ,I think

Tags: Swallow Water Bird Feathers Mud Wings Nest building Swift Wildlife and nature

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banehawi 13 1.7k 3747 Canada
30 May 2013 10:39PM
Im no bird expert, but either one is not easy to get a good photo of.

This is well done. Nice pose, the mud is great, nice catchlight in the eye.

When I look over it in Adobe Camera Raw, it suggests its about 1/2 stop underexposed, and when this is corrected, it does look a little better I think.

Ive uploaded a mod just with the exposure adjusted, - you can scroll up this page, click the modifications page and view large.

Hope this is helpful

If pressed for an ID, I would guess Swallow.



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pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
31 May 2013 12:17AM
It looks like a swallow to me, Rick, and the swift is a plain sooty brown. Click on the blue words to see the RSPB info.
You did well to capture the swallow, and have a lovely sheen on the wings as well as a catchlight in its eye.
The image is interesting because it's showing the bird in the mud. As you say, probably collecting it to make its nest.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.7k 28 Northern Ireland
31 May 2013 11:08AM
agree a swallow...have seen them do this before..but never been quick enough to get the camera out!! WinkGrinGrin
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2013 4:29PM
Nice action shot. Definately a Swallow. They have much longer tail than a Swift.

6 Jun 2013 10:32PM
Nice shot Rick.

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