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Swallow Set II

By TerryMcK  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Birds Swallow General Wildlife and nature Tmck British wild birds

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28 Aug 2010 9:06PM
A stunning image, well done in capturing this fast little bird.


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WYNN 6 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 9:06PM

lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 9:08PM
three great captures, wonderful timing x x
28 Aug 2010 9:09PM
i think you have done really well,
Superb action and timing, a well composed set of shots. Excellent colour and detail.
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 9:44PM
What a stunning set great timing well done
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
28 Aug 2010 10:05PM
Great timing. Looks as though he is telling his reflection off. Probably sees something to eat............Sandy
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
28 Aug 2010 10:49PM
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!!

Lynx08 8 1.2k England
28 Aug 2010 11:02PM
nice shot, especially like the first one with the reflections.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
28 Aug 2010 11:54PM
Superb set of all action in-flight shots, Terry. The detail is so immaculate in each. Truly excellent work.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
29 Aug 2010 6:07AM
Three superb captures, Terry. Carol
Ray42 8 3 England
29 Aug 2010 8:06AM
An amazing set - each have their own merits but V1 stands out for me - excellent work
Vince_S 6 10 England
29 Aug 2010 8:59AM
A fine set. Catching these birds in flight is very difficult which makes this set even more amazing. V1 just takes it for me

jayjay52 7 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 9:42AM
I think you`ve done really well - love them all
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 10:24AM
Well done Terry - a great set - Ina
29 Aug 2010 11:38AM
oh wow Terry what a remarkable piece of work superb
DannoM 8 58 England
29 Aug 2010 11:48AM
great set terry, excellent captures
acousticmist 6 10 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 12:26PM
A great capture Terry, well done.....Martin
29 Aug 2010 4:00PM
Great set of capture's Terry - well done indeed

29 Aug 2010 5:21PM
Wow, what a trio, Terry! Superb. v.1 just gets it for me but all cracking shots. Wonderful!
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 6:45PM
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.

29 Aug 2010 8:37PM
Excellent set of images Terry, marvelous action.
29 Aug 2010 8:59PM
I take it 1&2 are in sequence Terry, which make them even more impressive, very good camera work, all fine images,
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 9:01PM

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

You are quite correct, Adrian. A point I failed to make in my narrative.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 9:25PM
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.
dweezil 8 1 England
29 Aug 2010 9:44PM
Superb set Terry,not easy
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
30 Aug 2010 11:21AM
Swallows are so difficult to get but you have done remarkably well here Terry, a superb set especially hand held,
30 Aug 2010 8:48PM
A lot of time effort and throw aways to get these Terry !! Very Very well done mate.......10/10
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2010 9:05PM
Excellent set of images Terry, not an easy subject to capture, well done on getting these superb handheld shots.............

Roly 9 Wales
31 Aug 2010 8:36PM
Excellent set,well captured.
mrjt 10 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 5:53PM
Nice capture....Jack
tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 7:21PM
Superb capture a real beauty.

gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
1 Sep 2010 7:57PM
Three great shots the timing in V1 and 2 is amazing. - gary
1 Sep 2010 8:26PM
Three superbly timed and captured in-flight shots, Terry, V1 is outstanding.
SheilaMai 6 3 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2010 2:57PM
These three photos are really very good.
7 Sep 2010 3:10PM
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.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2010 3:14PM
Thanks, David. I've not seen a Swallow or Martin around my local reserve for several days now. Roll on Spring!

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