Monday, June 1, 2015

Muddy Waters

It's not very often I have a chance to photograph the Barn Swallow. They usually hang around marinas and piers, swooping over the waters at breakneck speeds, making it impossible to capture them with my camera. On May 14th, however, several stopped by a muddy area at Lake Martin, giving me ample opportunity for some shots. I assumed they were digging for insects.






More photos from this trip to follow. I hope everyone has a great week!

Anni, thank you for hosting:

54 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Interesting looking critters. They have heron eyes...spooked.

EG CameraGirl said...

I've never seen barn swallows "play" in the mud like that!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gail, awesome shots of the cute Barn Swallows. Maybe they were gathering mud for their nest. Enjoy your Monday and have a happy week ahead!

Anvilcloud said...

Evolution has certainly given him a beak suitable for digging.

TexWisGirl said...

so very cute. i can imagine them getting a mouthful of mud and trying to 'cack' it back up. :)

Slamdunk said...

Nice catch, Gail. Glad you did not have to get muddy for the picture. Zoom has serious perks. Enjoy your Monday.

Tante Mali said...

Gail, the pictures are fantastic. So, as an Austrian girl I even didn't know this bird. What a pretty little creature. Thank you for sharing and all my best
Elisabeth

nookworm said...

Just playin' in the mud! Nice shots!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the Swallows, Gail.
They take something of clay to build their nest.
Perfectly done!!
Best regards, Irma

Bas said...

Een hele mooie serie heb je ervan kunnen maken Gail,prachtig.

Barbara said...

Great job!!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are wonderful pictures of the bird, but what a dreadful way to find food!

Karen said...

How beautiful Gail. I have never seen them that close, they are a lovely bird.

ladyfi said...

What charming shots.

Melissa said...

Too cute! I didn't know they held their wings out like that. I think Pixar could use those photos as a model for one of their movies!

Hannah said...

The Barn Swallow is adorable, I especially like birds with blue and orange or salmon colors together. He is so cute with the wide stance of his legs is so funny. I would never have imagined they would stick their beaks in the mud like a duck!

Stephanie said...

Great shots down low. How did you manage to capture these without getting all dirty in the mud?

June Caedmon said...

Great captures, Gail! I love his skinny little legs, LOL :) Barn Swallows build their nests out of mud, and will wait for the right conditions to build, sometimes building very late in the season if its dry, so that may have been what they were doing. They haven't had to wait to build HERE of course, as we got 12-18 inches of rain last month. Looking forward to a dry June! Have a blessed week, my friend!

Karen S. said...

Incredible captures, I really like these critters too, and there are quite a few that have made their home right here on our property. I just adore your last photo, best of all! So cute.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Definitely digging for something, and enjoying it! Great photos in perfect focus.

Shug said...

Hi Gail...... looks like the digging paid off! Is that a minnow of some sort? enjoyed seeing the whole picture from start to finish!!
Awesome photos...always!

Donna said...

This is fabulous as you captured them gathering mud for nests....I have watched robins do that here.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautifully captured Gail. A difficult one to photograph, let alone so well!

Felicia said...

they are sooooo pretty. great captures Gail.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am wondering if perhaps they were gathering mud to make their nests.Whatever the case,you got good shots of the action.

renae of simple sequins said...

hi MY FRIEND!
Gail, I have always been mystified by how clean animals are. They never have to wear clothes or worry about their outward appearance. Even tho this guy / gal is in the mud -- it is a clean birdie. Don't we wish we could have half of that ability in our human lives? lol

Thanks for the fun compliment. I wear heels now days if I am very well rested. Chemo still effects my feet. I have neuropathy now after chemo {and my dr just shrugs it off - like no big deal}, but I have to NOT wear my heels much and so many times after wearing my heels I am in horrid pain.

But I think my pics look better in them. I love these $5 FRANCO SARTO heels. $5 !!!!!! wow!!!!

♥renae

bailey-road.com said...

I love their coloring. They sure are busy!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Awesome photos of these cute birds!

Merisi said...

Truly special images, congratulations on finally finding an opportunity to captures these beautiful birds!
My favorite is the first one, a bird with an attitude, love it.

BeachGypsy said...

Hi Gail, great close ups of the birds! They put on a whole show for you!

rainfield61 said...

Barn swallow. Beautiful.

Stephanie said...

Oh dear, a muddy mess indeed! We have a sweet little Barn Swallow that made a nest right about our front door in the eave.

Thanks for sharing your lovely and fun pictures. Have a great week!

Debbie said...

must be a boy...making a muddy mess!!!!!

Wally Jones said...

Terrific images, Gail! You're right about trying to catch one in flight - a true challenge!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

And great shots of him gathering mud to build his nest also.

Linda said...

Excellent images of a lovely bird.

Marie C said...

What an interesting encounter! I've never seen them do this before. You got some great photos!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Absolutely amazing Gail!!!
You captured their personalities and survival skills with pizzazz!!!
Lovin' each photo.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

I don't know how they can stay so clean, working with mud all day!

Anni said...

I'm back to send along my thanks for sharing your link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Have never seen such adorable pictures of swallows .... On the ground even. So impressed. I felt lucky to get some on a roof edge once .... As you say they hard,y ever seem to land.

Anita Johnson said...

I have run out of adjectives...I will just have to go with WOW!

Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Wow, you succeeded fantastic to capture these birds. They are indeed very quick. Wonderful pictures, Gail. Greetings, Joke

renae of simple sequins said...

hi again Gail!
just wanted to alert you to some new posts today and tomorrow. drop by if you can. ♥renae

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice shots- I imagine they were getting the siding for their mud nests!!

Helma said...

Ohhhh ..... beautiful photos of this swallow.
Sharp and beautiful color, bright and amazing details.
This is enjoy :-)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Poor Swallows probably aren't use to all this mud!!!
He's defiantly getting his minerals and grit with his dinner!!!

Kittie Howard said...

What a cute little bird! I wish you could sit with us on the back porch and help us identify the birds who visits. One in particular sings and sings each night about six. And, you're right. I'm enjoying my new Mac. It's also a lot lighter! Hope you're having a great weekend.

sandra hagan said...

Splendid!

Indrani said...

Working hard for food.
Great series of captures.

Susan (ABON) said...

Great captures of the swallows, Gail, lucky you! I've tried a few times to photograph them, but like you said, they're so speedy. There are at least a couple dozen of them that are nesting under the eaves of an old abandoned farm house and I see them each morning on my way home from work. But, they're still out of range for my camera lens. I've considered trespassing only to take a few quick shots ;)

Bethany Carson said...

Great shots of the swallow! I like how you captured the action with him hard at work!

Ela said...

These are so fantastic shots !!!!!

Ela said...

These are so fantastic shots !!!!!