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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tree Swallows

This elegant pair of Tree Swallows are breeding in one of our bird houses. This morning they were sitting together on a perch we attached to the top of their box. They are in egg-laying stage and after a 14-15 day incubation period, new Tree Swallows will hatch and there will be 5 or 6 more Tree Swallows in the world, depending on how many eggs they lay.

What is striking to me is the composition of this photo. They were posing that way, I just captured it. Digital photography captures and creates the art in the photographer's eye and mind. We often think that if John James Audubon (who painted in the 1800's) were alive today, he'd be using a high end digital camera, a long telephoto lens and Photoshop to create his bird images.

2 comments:

Amy B Athens, GA said...

Lovely photo! We have many tree swallows in our area, but they swoop so quickly it is hard to see their beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing your lucky shot!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It doesn't get better than this.Excellent shot.
Blessings,Ruth