Northern Rough-winged Swallow
I was at the Celery Farm Natural Area on Sunday and saw about a dozen Northern Rough-winged Swallows. They were quite active darting in and out, grabbing insects, but usually returned to the same branches. The photo above is a juvenile swallow which was staying by itself. I had not seen them before, so it was fun to watch. Because of all the branches and leaves it was hard to get clear photos of them, but sometimes when they flew off and returned, they landed in a less cluttered area on the branches. The Feature photo on top I added some fill light with an on-camera flash with a Better Beamer Flash Extender, the others I just opened up the shadows in Photoshop CS6.
Tree Swallow mixed in with the Northern Rough-winged Swallows. All the swallows were busy chasing bugs. but hey kept returning to the same branches. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS lens, Canon Series II 2X Teleconverter, @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 640.
A juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallow, keeping an eye on the swallows on other branches. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens, f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 640
An adult Northern Rough-winged Swallow, on a branch by itself. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 640
Same Northern Rough-winged Swallow as above, on a branch. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 640