Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fly-Over Feeding


This young barn swallow sat on the ground for 30 minutes or more while the parents hunted for insects. Periodically, one of them would fly over the juvenile and feed him from the air. It happened in a split second and the adults would never land. I had to be looking through the viewfinder at the exact time the adults flew over or I'd miss it, which I did more than once.









46 comments:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Swallows of any kind...Barn Swallows are at the top of my favorite birds list. These are magnificent captures Brian, bravo~

NatureStop said...

Brian, WOW!!!amazing captures and was that little one screaming out loud:).Have a great day!

Shantana

Linda said...

Absolutely amazing, Brian! I love those shots! What patience you have...and of course, the requisite skill to go along with it!

Andee said...

What a great series of pictures! I love the last one. The expression on the litte ones face it just to funny.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

OMG, how do you do it! Amazing photos!

Debbie said...

you had a lot of "snap at the exact right time" moments!!

TexWisGirl said...

what linda said...

Lindsjö taxar said...

What a good capture!! Great pictures! You are lucky to witness the ffeding!!

Vita Stunder said...

Amazing captures!!

Springman said...

How crazy is that Brian? Seems we were both blessed with swallows, talk about percision flying, thankfully the fledgling sit tight!
Cheers to you Sir!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Amazing shots, Brian! I love the series. How long did you have to sit there to get them?

Karen said...

That's some pretty fast shooting! Great captures!

Dave said...

Lovely images Brian - I particularly like the way the patch of shingle around the focus point of your subject shows really well .... it certainly adds to the brilliant subject you captured here

Dave

Mama Zen said...

Breathtaking captures!

Gary said...

Great parenting shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Hilke Breder said...

Admire your quick reflexes! Wonderful series, Brian.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful and amazing shots! I always enjoy your bird photos. Blessings, Pamela

HansHB said...

Awesome shots!

kanak7 said...

The most stunning bird shots!

Adam Jones said...

Brian, those shots are amazing. Patience pays off in the end. What a result.

mick said...

Wonderful action photos. Congrats for your skill and patience.

Kusum said...

Lovely set of feeding shots!

Dina said...

Amazing detail in this flash by feeding. They never seem to sit still.

Anni said...

Oh my gosh, these are incredible images!!! I fear the feral cats would have had the youngster if it happened here.

MERLIN FALCON

Saun said...

That is awesome great shots!!

Connie Smiley said...

Wow, great series, BJ!

Liam said...

Absolutely wonderful shots! The baby is so cute! :)

Pam :) said...

Outstanding photos, Brian. Especially the Mom-ma hovering in the air.
Nicely done!

Andrew said...

Amazing flight shots Brian.. and a wonderful moment to capture.

Terri Buster said...

Great series!

Carole M. said...

...super photographs; a very special moment in the day of a bird's life. Great that you were there with your camera!

eileeninmd said...

Love the cute swallows, cool series. Great captures.

NewMexiKen said...

Great timing, and very sharp action shots!

Deb said...

cool shots....you get the best photos...

Gillian Olson said...

Brilliant series of shots.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

enJOYed your perfect shots of such talented birds. Such vivid work.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series you run. Wishing you a good day :)

Andrea said...

What an amazing series. I almost felt myself stretching trying to make sure the little guy got his morsel. Very nice ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Nancy Claeys said...

Very efficient! :)

bailey-road.com said...

Such wonderful shots! This feeding behavior is amazing to see.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Incredible shots!

kmurray said...

Wow does this series bring back the memories of a time gone by!

We always had swallows on the farm I grew up on. They were just part of the landscape. I remember sitting around on the back of my horse (bare-back with no halter or bridle no less)just watching the parent birds feed their babies, just like this, for what seemed like hours without a care in the world. What a great time!

Thanks for stirring up those memories for me!

Oh, great shots too by the way!

Linda said...

Excellent shots!

Olga said...

Great shots!

Roan said...

These are wonderful action shots. Barn Swallows are among my favorite birds, but haven't been able to get a decent pic. Jealous here. ;)

Ida said...

OMG how absolutely amazing to have captured these moments. You have fantastic patience and a super keen eye.