A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
It is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight. This species lives in close association with humans, and its insect-eating habits mean that it is tolerated by man; this acceptance was reinforced in the past by superstitions regarding the bird and its nest.
Spotted at a small village.
Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Exposure Bias: +2 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.