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Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Description:

Adult Description Small slender songbird. White underneath and shiny blue-green on top. Small bill. Long wings. Female Description Yearling female brown on back with faint greenish sheen and some iridescent greenish blue feathers. Underparts white, sometimes with faint brown band across breast. Immature Description Juvenile sooty gray on back, without trace of blue. Underparts dull white. Dirty brown band across chest.

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14 Comments

GregMasteller
GregMasteller 9 years ago

Wow, some of these little fellows are quite territorial. I have been dive bombed by them almost brushing my head from behind LOL. I have had to use my camera with the telephoto lens like a sword to thrust at them to keep them at bay. I had one keep attacking me from my blind side about 50 times. It would not relent until I was about 100 yards from it's nesting area - unusually committed male protecting it's turf. I have a beautiful wife too, so I guess I can understand - Ha!

GregMasteller
GregMasteller 9 years ago

I like tree swallows because they are so aerodynamic. As you can tell in these photos, they tuck their legs into their feathers so they do not cause drag. It reminds me of fighter jets folding up their landing gear.

Ursula
Ursula 9 years ago

what a color! :)

GregMasteller
GregMasteller 9 years ago

Well http://www.projectnoah.org/users/Phil_S if you have a digital camera with manual controls one needs to set a high shutter speed.

Phil_S
Phil_S 9 years ago

Excellent series! What is your secret to the amazing in flight photos?

ConorSheaWing
ConorSheaWing 9 years ago

Nice! I can't get these cause they're so fast, but I see them all the time.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

Very Nice...

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

You are most welcome Greg ;))
I love the metallic sheen on the swallows. We have barn swallows out here. Would like to see a tree swallow one day.

Ajwerko
Ajwerko 9 years ago

Awesome series!!

GregMasteller
GregMasteller 9 years ago

Thanks for your like on my Swallows Mauna Kunzah

GregMasteller
GregMasteller 9 years ago

Thanks for the Fav Glen Marks!

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