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Fairy Martin

Fairy Martin (Image ID 45670)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Wed 7th Apr, 2021 and uploaded on Sat 10th Apr, 2021 .
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ID45670
CommentIt was their white rump I first noticed. In the midst of all the Welcome Swallows gorging on the swarms of mosquitoes above the waters of Lake Borrie, I began to pick out some smaller birds with flashes of white in their tails. Closer inspection still and it was clear that they did not have the same forked tail as Swallows. Fairy Martins, it seemed. But just like their fellow Welcome Swallow aerial acrobats, they do need to take a rest now and then from all the frenzied feasting. Here one Martin, buffeted by the morning breeze, is already catching its breath on a branch, and watching as one of its fellow Fairies flies in to join it. The one in flight gives a glimpse of its blue-black back and clean white rump, and the beautiful fanning of its wings in the morning light.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 300mm PF f420, Nikon TC1.4
420mm
ISO 1000
1/1600th f5.6
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsin flight, adult
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