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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Photographed byGlenn Pure on Fri 13th Jul, 2018 and uploaded on Sun 15th Jul, 2018 .
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ID31092
CommentCanberra has had some savagely cold mornings lately - a string of -5C and -6C. Those temperatures usually come with a still, clear start to the day. Perhaps foolishly I ventured down to a local dam a short walk from home on one of these mornings to see if there was anything on interest. Amazingly, I found a flock of 30 or 40 swallows. circling and feeding from the surface of the dam as the sun hit it then disappearing after an hour or so. They would come in quite close to the back, only a few metres from me. However, their speed and agility still made them near impossible to photograph, especially with my camera that doesn't have the best tracking AF system (it works but isn't the most responsive or accurate). After close to several thousand shots over a number of days, I was left with literally a handful of shots that weren't soft and showed bad poses from the bird. This is one of the better ones. I'll keep trying though, at least a few more times - I would love to get a shot of one skimming the water surface but that has proved nearly impossible.
EquipmentCanon 80D with EF 100-400mm Mark 2, handheld at 400mm
1/4000 sec, f6.3, ISO 2000.
Initially processed in Canon DPP 4 to crop, adjust exposure and lighting and perform noise reduction. A 16 bit TIFF file was created from the RAW DPP image and finished in PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements v9) where further noise reduction was applied to the main subject using Neat Image plugin for PSE. The background was noise reduced and the main subject sharpened after resizing for upload.
LocationKambah (Australian Capital Territory)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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