Swallows and Blue Tits

A simple post today. The first three shots are swallows, but each is distinctive in its own way starting with this one of a swallow perched on a tree.

swallow

This is perhaps a more typical shot: a pair of swallows skimming low over water as they hunt for insects.

swallow

The third was intended to be like this, but I quite like the image. I’d be tracking the swallow but it moved into relatively deep shade as the shutter fired, resulting in a rapid loss of shutter speed. hence the motion blur.

swallow

The second sequence was taken early this evening in the garden. Some typically cute photos of a blue tit. The final shot proves that it’s possible to catch a take-off too early. Another fraction of a second and its wings would have opened (though it might have slipped out of frame by then).

Blue tit

Blue tit

Blue tit

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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4 Comments

  1. derwandersmann May 24, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Swallows are such excellent ærialists, it’s always a pleasure to see them, but nothing tops the blue tit’s suicide leap.

    • Words May 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      dW, thanks! Swallows are great to watch, but so tricky to get in frame.

      • derwandersmann May 30, 2014 at 1:55 am #

        Try shooting terns.

        • Words May 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

          Like this 😉