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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow (Image ID 46028)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Thu 29th Apr, 2021 and uploaded on Fri 7th May, 2021 .
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ID46028
CommentSmall birds, long shadows. I found these Welcome Swallows, part of a huge flock on Lake Borrie, warming themselves up on a lichen-encrusted bluestone embankment. It was not long after dawn on a very cold clear morning, with the sun so low that even the most height-challenged of birds casts a very long shadow. To warm themselves up, the Swallows are puffing themselves up, displaying their beautiful blue-black shawls and rufous neck scarves. They seemed almost as rugged up as I was myself in taking the photo, puffy-jacketed, beanied, and fumbling to operate the icy metal of my monopod and camera with my gloved paws. Despite my closeness, they seemed disinclined to fly off. I was being Welcomed, it seemed, into the warmth of their huddled gathering.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 300mm PF f420, Nikon TC1.4
420mm
ISO 1250
1/1250th f8
Monopod
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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