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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
著作権: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2006-03-01
カテゴリー: Birds
カメラ: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2006-04-04 3:54
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Welcome Swallow

The welcome, or house swallow, was self introduced from Australia in the 1950s so it is categorised as a fully protected native bird. The spread of the swallow has been spectacular and they are now a very common bird throughout the country. As well as Australasia, the bird breeds in Southern Asia from India to Malaysia and the western Pacific.

They are small, graceful, dark blue and white birds, with variable amounts of rusty red on the head and breast. They have streamlined bodies with a short neck and long, pointed wings. The tail is a deeply forked 都wallowtail. Their flight is graceful and rapid as they hawk for insects on the wing. They are birds of open country, hunting over lakes, rivers and grassland and are often seen perching on power lines like so many clothes pegs.

Around here they are in competition with Piwakawaka, the fantail, which also enjoys the myriad of insects to be found around the river. They seem to live happily enough together, although expert thinking says that no two species can occupy the same ecological niche without the demise of one. By my observations, it seems the fantail is better able to cope with winter and the violent storms we often have around here by its ability to use safe roosting places.

The Australian bird, like its European counterpart, is migratory. Indeed it is thought that during its yearly migration to and from Tasmania, the birds were blown off course by storms and so ended up here. The welcome swallow shows no signs of being migratory here in New Zealand.

The above obtained from http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/welcomeswallow.html


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 6:21 p.m.
Date: 1st March 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-04 4:01]

Hello Pam!
Excellent capture.POV,colors,sharpness,clear details,
eye contact and simple BG are wonderful.

hi pam,
beautiful capture! :-)
excellent sharpness,
superb composition and pov,
with the swallow sitting on the post.
the poor swallow looks exhausted
or is it a juvenile?
rhanks & take care,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-04 4:30]

Hi Pam,

A nice composed portrait of this swallow,I like the position how he is standing on the post,BG is as well perfect,I hope we can welcome them as well soon,the snow is dissappearing slow but steady,


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-04 5:08]

hi pam,
beautiful capture.Good composition and POV.Sharpnes and detail is perfect nice BG.
Well done


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1329] (10715)
  • [2006-04-04 5:10]

Hi Pam,

I like the eyecontact of this freezing swallow. I hope to see them soon in holland.
Thanks for this wonderful portrait.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-04 5:29]

Hi Pam,
I've never seen a Swallow up-close before, it's a beautiful bird. Your shot is excellent, the colours are excellent, detail and DOF are spot-on. I like the BG a lot, neutral and a perfect colour to compliment the Swallow. Great shot.

Hi Pam,
very nice to see a good old friend from last summer, having a good time over the see! Interesting to read the story of the swallow's distribution in your notes. The picture is both technically and artistically very well taken, and very charming, too. Thank you! Best regards.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-04-04 7:11]

Hi Pam!
Small, shy and beautifull bird. I like its pose, black, shinning eye, details on feathers. Good subject, note and frame!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-04 7:22]

Excellente prise Pam!

F駘icitationspour le bel 馗lairage et les d騁ails.

Merci pour l'envoie!


Hi Pam,
This is a superb shot! Beautiful light, and the composition is flawless. He is well isolated on the post with a perfect OOF backround.
Exposure on this is perfect. Outstanding work here. Magazine cover quality!

Hi Pam, Graet shot, Perfect colors, Perfect DOF, Perfect shapness, Pefect framing, Just excellent in every way, TFS Kyle

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-04 17:29]

Very good job Pam, a wonderful subject very nicely caught by you. He's posing just for you it seems. You captured perfectly it's fluffy feathers. A true beauty, thanks.


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2006-04-04 19:31]

Hello Pam,
Great job. The composition, the bg, colors and details ... all PERFECT one more time for you. Thanks for sharing. Donald

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2006-04-04 20:11]
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Hi Pam
Absolute super capture of this lovely little 'clothes peg'. I am sure it is very welcome wherever it goes or deploy. I have its cousin, a lesser striped swallow nesting on my veranda and it is a true pleasure seeing them return every year.
The composition is great, rich colours, DOF is brilliant with exquisite details, BG is superb (wow), and the exposure is spot-on with excellent contrasts showing.
Very well done and TFS.
PS. Is this your lens after repairs or is it still the 'loan lens'?

Wow!excellent shot Pam,with loads of great colour and detail...and the composition is right in the money IMO...it is perfect....

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-04-05 16:28]

Beautiful capture with wonderful colours. The eye contact immediately gives a connection. The poor thing looks a bit bedraggled (cold and/or wet?).
P.S. Out of smileys for today, shall return to smile later.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-05 22:35]

Hi Pam,
Brilliant shot!
Very sharp image, superb details and nice colour,
great control of DOF and nice blured background.
Very well done and thanks!

Hi Pam,
Sharp detail and excellent color/exposure..
Well seen from the BG. I like the POV and the cute "hunkered-down" pose :)
Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-11 5:04]

Excellent Photo.
Complete note as usual.
Thank you Pam.
I am just paying my debts.

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