Female Tree Swallow – A Real Beauty

These photos were captured on May 4th . . . for them who do not know it, May 4th is Star War Day . . . as in, May The Fourth Be With You . . . never mind.

Normally I would post all the shots I took in one massive post, but these photos deserve to hold the spotlight in separate groups.  First up is the Female Tree Swallow perched at the edge of the deck railing.  

She is a real cutie.  There are more photos of her in the SmugMug gallery (HERE), but I’m posting what I consider some of the best ones here.  BUT . . . our tastes may vary; you should go check them out; I added them to the on-going gallery for the 2013 Tree Swallows.



It was cool out; probably why the feathers were fluffed-up.


Notice this is closer . . . because I got closer . . . very close.


At a certain point she acknowledged I was there, and that was my hint to get no closer . . . about two feet from the lens.



The shot above is the first “hard” look I got . . . 


It’s been years since a beautiful lady gave me the once-over . . . Oh, OK . . . only happened once, and I married her. 

As a reminder for them who made it this far (and therefore might actually be interested in the rest of the photos), the SmugMug Gallery can be found HERE.  These and other shots in “original” size are really nice.

If you enjoyed this moment, found the birds as interesting as I do, and forgot about time for a little while, why not share it with someone you care for.  However, if you hated the whole thing, were bored beyond belief, and consider it a waste of time . . . why, then, it’s the perfect thing to forward to people you do not like!  It will serve them right!  



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WordPress is still screwing around with trying to be a class operation.  As such, while they busily work to add features and themes I will never use, they are remiss in fixing problems like disappearing links.  So, if you click on the doodle, and nothing happens, this is the link it’s supposed to go to:  https://disperser.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/palm-vx-and-i/.  Note . . . there is no guarantee WordPress will keep this as a link, but at least you can copy it and paste it on a browser’s address field.


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. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

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21 Responses to Female Tree Swallow – A Real Beauty

  1. ken bello says:

    Great shots, Emilio. It’s amazing you were able to get so close.


  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful bird…and casting very interesting looks at you. Nicely done, sir….


  3. John says:

    Really good images… I don’t think I ever knew that they had so much blue coloring…


    • disperser says:

      Thank you.

      Coloring in plumage is a funny thing . . . I think it’s a combination of coloring combined with the spectrum the feathers reflect. Regardless, neat stuff.


  4. Massi says:

    Wow Emilio!!!those are amazing shoot!!!! Thanks for sharing,i have been enjoy.


  5. She is a real cutie, I’m amazed you can get so close.


    • disperser says:

      For some reason, tree swallows don’t pay much attention to me. Humming birds too. other birds, not so much. I just have to move, even inside the house, and they are gone.


  6. AnnMarie says:

    Now SHE is one Fair Lady . . . Bird, that is! And I’m glad she let you get close enough to get these spectacular shots! Impressive!


  7. Amazing! Because of the setting you used, creating the blurry background, it appears as though the bird is having her portrait taken in a studio. The detail is stunning. So glad I popped in!


  8. Beautiful bird. I have some tree swallow photos that I took while I was in Minnesota to post. They’re not quite as close up and sharp. I tried to get them in flight, but they’re small and fast and not easy to photograph. :-)


    • disperser says:

      Incredibly difficult to photograph in flight. I can get them with a slightly wider angle, but then they are not sharp when viewed 1:1.

      But, I’m happy with the static shots . . . . for now.


  9. Carissa says:

    These are enchanting! As you can see, I’m using my Saturday morning to catch up on the blogs I follow. ;)


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  11. What a beautiful little cutie! And your portraits of her are fabulous!
    I’ve never seen a swallow so beautiful!
    HUGS!!! :-)


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