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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow (Image ID 46782)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Tue 22nd Jun, 2021 and uploaded on Wed 23rd Jun, 2021 .
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ID46782
CommentParts of Lake Borrie seemed to be shimmering with Welcome Swallows skimming the surface, almost stationary or hovering over the water as they moved together in the same direction into a prevailing head wind. A shimmer of swallows, if a collective noun is warranted. It was early on a very cold morning, in the vicinity of 3 degrees, and the waters were likely warmer than the air. The insect swarms emerging from these nutrient-rich waters were probably inclined to stay close to or in the water. Possibly the Swallows were looking for mosquito wrigglers or water-skaters. Here is one intently scanning the waters below it, morning sun on its blue-sheened head and back and rufous throat, with its wings beautifully fanned, and forked tail displaying its trademark white spots. Winter is probably a tough time for Welcome Swallows as their warmth-seeking insect prey lie low.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 300mm PF f4, TC1.7, focal length 500mm
ISO 1250
1/2000th f11
Monopod
LocationLake Borrie, Werribee Treatment Plant, Victoria
Keywordsin flight, adult
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