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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Barn Swallows

After kayaking in Jamaica Bay on Wednesday with my friend Andrea, we went to Breezy Point, Queens for a quick dip in the ocean.When we returned to the car there were several barn swallows sitting on a wire overhead. I quickly got my camera to see if I could get a few shots before they flew off. Swallows don't generally sit still for long and the light was right to pick up their coloring.

As I viewed them through the lens I noticed some differences. Some had shorter tails, but the most telltale sign were their flanges/beaks. Most of them had yellow flanges rather than the adult all black beak. As most of you know baby bird's mouths and flanges are bright yellow or orange or other color so their parents can see their mouths when they are feeding them especially if light is low inside the nest area. We had a whole slew of juveniles and just a few adults mixed in. Enjoy.


Yellow flanges and notice the shorter tail


Adult - notice the longer tail feathers and how the beak is all black

8 comments:

Mike said...

Good series on the Barn Swallows. I never paid much attention to the color of the bird flanges until now. lesson just learned, thank you.

Cindy said...

Thank you, thanks for visiting Mike.

Dan Huber said...

Great photos Cindy.

Cindy said...

Thanks Dan

Andrea said...

Nice pics Cindy. All I could see was their silhouettes, didn't realize how striking they were. Thanks for posting!

Cindy said...

Thanks, Andrea

Schroomr said...

Hello from Exeter, Maine Cindy. Great photos and first time visitors. We look forward to exploring your posts. You make me want to get my Sony A500 which I have yet to master. Need to just get out there and take more photos. You have a terrific eye and wanted you to know we appreciate the work that goes into your site.

Kathie Brown said...

Wonderful swallow shots!