Trying to Photograph Flying Swallows: April 2021

I have taken many photos of perched swallows over the years:

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow (photo: wikipedia)

However flying swallows is another matter. They dart in and out, up and down with no guaranteed direction. Here’s what a previous attempt looked like:

Tree Swallows

I did get a reasonable mating sequence last year:

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows


Tree Swallows

and another of Cliff Swallows gathering mud for nest building:

Cliff Swallows
Cliff Swallow with mud

Here is what I got on this day at Humber Bay:

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow

Some other opportunities to photograph flyers appeared:

Canada Goose
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Mute Swan

Other birds:

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper
Common Grackles
Common Grackle
American Robin
American Robin
Red-tailed Hawk (juvenile)
Mute Swan
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-winged Scoter (female)
White-winged Scoter (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
House Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Mallards

Full sun brought the turtles out:

Red-eared Sliders
Red-eared Sliders
Red-eared Sliders

NATURE POETRY

After the winter rain,  
Sing, robin! Sing, swallow! 
Grasses are in the lane,  
Buds and flowers will follow.    – Ina Coolbrith (1841–1928)

Miles Hearn


2 thoughts on “Trying to Photograph Flying Swallows: April 2021

  1. Debi

    Great photo collection of birds. Nice job photographing movement. Especially like the one of swallows gathering mud for the capture of the birds nicely and their reflection!!
    Thanks

    Reply

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