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Tree Swallow

Iridoprocne bicolor


Sparrow-sized. Gun-metal blue above white below. A black mask covers the eyes and face.


Lakeshores, marshes, but I've seen them nesting in uplands grasslands in bluebird nest boxes.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

This was a seriously underexposed photo that was taken against a cloudy sky. In the process of brightening it up somewhat so detail could be seen in the bird's feathers the sky went completely white. Hence its rather graphic look. It is indeed, however, a real photo. A few seconds later he swooped past my head in an attempt to drive me away from his nest box and the trail that went past it. It always startles me when a bird makes that type of dive, but then that's why it works...grin.

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

great shot !

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

wow... this looks fake. :)

Wow,amazing capture Gordon,congrats and thanks for sharing such a awesome spotting page,great work

Theresa_Young 11 years ago

I agree, Amazing picture!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

I took a lot of photos of flying swallows that day and this was the best one of the bunch. Autofocus didn't work fast enough and neither did actually trying to follow them in the viewfinder. Finally I simply started looking over the top of the viewfinder with the lens focused on a spot about 20 feet in front of me. Whenever a swallow flew into that area I'd start snapping. Probably took 500 photos that day and discarded 499 of them.

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 11 years ago

Amazing picture Gordon!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Beautiful shot!

BelindaKlemm 11 years ago

very cool shot!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Thanks everyone. The day was very overcast and dark, so I had to increase the ISO a lot to get the shutter speed high enough to stop these swift birds in flight. Still, I managed to seriously under-expose this photo and it took a lot of processing to get it to turn out. The sky, of course, went seriously white, but there wasn't anything I could do about it.

KatCuff 11 years ago

Fantastic capture!

DonnaPomeroy 11 years ago


Frank Weaver
Frank Weaver 11 years ago

Great shot!

KarenL 11 years ago

Gorgeous photo Gordon!

Atul 11 years ago

what a superb pic this is !
well done Gordon !

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Jun 8, 2008
Submitted on Feb 23, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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