Swifts Swallows & Martins

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From this point forward postings will be made on the main page, but the photos will also be added to the gallery. To see the written information about the photo do a search for the number (the first number, if it is a set).

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Seacliff State Beach – Aptos, California – March 31, 2011
This ID was a bit difficult for me as this is not a bird I’ve seen before (at least not more than once or twice). I usually see Tree, Barn and Violet-green swallows up in Washington. I only got one photo of this bird, and unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of the bird’s front. I know that Bank Swallows have noticeable markings on their breast, but I didn’t get a view at that angle. So, I’m going to call this a Northern Rough-winged and I will certainly entertain anyone who thinks it is a Bank Swallow. What do you think? We entered the state beach from the Rio Del Mar side because we don’t have to pay to enter the park that way. There is a stream that enters the ocean next to the little shopping center and this bird was on the railing in that location. Nikon D80, Nikon 70-300 zoom at 300 mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, handheld

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Santa Cruz, California – March 29, 2011
Nikon D80, Nikon 70-300 VR at 300 mm, f/5.6, 2/640, ISO 200 Bird on a wire is the name of the game in my neighborhood down in Santa Cruz. I tend to see a lot of different birds posing on wires like this one. This was taken near Corcoran Lagoon. Quite a few birds of this species were flying about. While I was enjoying a nice warm, sunny Spring morning, I’m sure it was dreadfully cold and rainy up in Puget Sound. This is why I plan to spend Spring down in California next year.

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The Fill – Seattle, Washington – June 27, 2008
I had posted a few photos of these young Tree Swallows using my Nikon D80. This photo was taken with my digiscoping system – Nikon P4 with a Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED. Not the greatest photo, but it does allow me to get up-close and personal!

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The Fill – Seattle, Washington – June 27, 2008
I thought all along that these are Tree Swallows, but as I got ready to post them I noticed the birds were not blue. I don’t have my field guides with me at the moment, but I’m guessing these are just young birds. I hope someone out there will set me straight if I’m wrong. (These are juvenile Tree Swallows.) Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – May 31, 2008
Here is the second set of 3 photos of this beautiful bird.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30 x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – May 31, 2008
I found this very willing Tree Swallow down at the pilings at McAllister Creek. I am posting 2 sets of 3 photos.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Theler Wetlands – Belfair, WA – July 19, 2007
Here is a set of three photos. This was not a lifer sighting as I saw one the day before in Ridgefield, but I was very excited to see this species and get some good photographs. Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30 x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – Ridgefield, Washington – July 18, 2007
In the spring, mom and day swallow were making this nest when we visited the refuge. Here are the results of their efforts. How does mom and dad decide who gets the food when they fly in? They are certainly all ready.
Nikon D80, Nikon 55-200 zoom at 85mm, 1/60 sec (flash), Manfrotto tripod

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Juanita Park – Kirkland, Washington – May 6, 2007
Here is another set of Tree Swallow photos. This time the birds are setting on a branch rather than at the entrance of a nesting cavity. The branch is not very far away from the tree. I probably didn’t even move my tripod to take all the photos. One shot shows the back of the bird, since all the rest are frontal angles. Most of the photos – Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod – Some of the photos were shot with my Nikon D80 and Tamron zoom lens.

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Juanita Park – Kirkland, Washington – May 6, 2007
These 5 photos were taken at the same tree, but they are not necessarily the same bird. One photo was shot with the DSLR camera, and the other four were digiscoped. I have more photos of this species to show you after this set of 5.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Juanita Park – Kirkland, Washington – May 6, 2007
Here are the last set of photos for this trip. Like the last set, these were digiscoped.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30 x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Juanita Park – Kirkland, Washington – May 6, 2007
Here is another set of 4 photos of the beautiful Barn Swallow. These were digiscoped.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Juanita Park – Kirkland, Washington – May 6, 2007
Here is a set of Barn Swallow photos taken today. I have several sets of this beautiful species. There are 4 photos taken in this particular setting.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, 1/100 sec, Manfrotto tripod

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – Washington State – April 15, 2007
This is a set of 4 photographs of this beautiful bird. They were all taken either at McAllister Creek or close to it.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

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Theler Wetlands – Belfair, Washington – March 25, 2007
Here are 4 aerial photos. Photographing swallows is a real challenge, unless they land for a moment. Trying to follow them in flight, I imagine, is more difficult than skeet shooting. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/1000 sec, handheld

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Theler Wetlands – Belfair, Washington – March 25, 2007
Here are 3 photos of Tree Swallows that landed on a bird house at the wetlands.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, 1/200sec, Manfrotto tripod or handheld