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.
Wildlife and nature
British wild birds
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