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Swallow in flight!
26.4.13 Chris Spracklen

Swallow in flight!

RSPB, Radipole, Weymouth, Dorset

So thrilled to have got this shot with my 70-200!

Apparently "swallows are capable of reaching speeds of between 50–65 km/h"
and this one was moving pretty fast! And "their body length ranges from about
10–24 cm (3.9–9.4 in)" so you haven't got much to aim at!

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/6400s f/4.5 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Ken Chambers ARPS25-Feb-2015 21:31
Excellent shot. The old saying that just one Swallow doesn't make a summer, may be true, but we can be forever optimistic. Chris
hamery12-Feb-2015 02:46
Lovely lovely composition of this flying swallow , stunning sharp and u have capture a very nice bird's tail. V
slhoornstra31-Mar-2014 10:22
A real accomplishment to cache this little one. V
George15-May-2013 23:11
Great Capture! V
Range View 12-May-2013 21:45
Wow, you have to be mighty fast to capture a swallow in flight, brilliant work Chris! V
Lieve Snellings10-May-2013 16:06
They are so quickly... Fantastic capture in flight Chris ! V
Buz Kiefer09-May-2013 09:57
Well done, Chris. Love the pose. Vote.
Milan Vogrin09-May-2013 07:49
Great catch!V!
George07-May-2013 23:45
Beautiful capture! V
Mike H.06-May-2013 05:54
My hat is off to you again, Chris! I know how difficult it can be to
get flight shots of these guys -- delightful to see this!!
Pieter Bos05-May-2013 10:42
Fantastic shot! ~V
Gabriele Hasslacher04-May-2013 21:02
Amazing image! Great!
goelsamuel04-May-2013 04:48
I know how hard it is to photograph these birds, very skillfully captured Chris!V!
CM Kwan04-May-2013 03:05
Wonderful capture, Chris. V
Brinn MacDougall02-May-2013 22:32
Nice in-flight catch, Chris..v
lucanton02-May-2013 18:32
Superbe capture de cette hirondelle en vol, Chris...bravo!
Lieve Snellings02-May-2013 17:28
Woaau ! Terrific Chris ! V
Patricia Kay02-May-2013 16:29
Well done Chris...fabulous capture of this beautiful swallow...BV
pkocinski02-May-2013 12:19
Awesome capture Chris. I've tried swallows several times and have never gotten one in focus :-(
shatterbug02-May-2013 06:54
Nice capture!
Mindy McNaugher02-May-2013 05:04
Spectacular! V
Fong Lam01-May-2013 16:40
Fantastic flight shot with great clarity, Chris....V
Marco Valk01-May-2013 15:46
Nice catch; not an easy thing to do.
Nestor01-May-2013 14:46
This is excellent tracking this swallow with that lens.
Not exactly a light lens.
A superb shot and nice sharp image.
Blazing shutter speed indeed.
janescottcumming01-May-2013 14:01
Magnificent! V
meekam tam01-May-2013 11:26
Great timing and colors! V
Anitta Vuorisola01-May-2013 08:06
Well done, Chris! I love swallows and this is such a great capture! *V*
alfredo camba jr.01-May-2013 04:16
Very nice capture of the fast moving swallow! Perfect timing! V
bill friedlander30-Apr-2013 21:16
Wonderful pose and light! Nicely placed in the frame to give it space to move into! V
Martin Lamoon30-Apr-2013 20:11
Well seen and captured. Spring is definitely here! v
MarcViskens30-Apr-2013 19:27
very fine shot
Helen Betts30-Apr-2013 16:14
Superb in-flight capture, Chris, with an excellent composition. V.
Jim's Visions30-Apr-2013 15:50
And a fine shot it is!
Tom LeRoy30-Apr-2013 15:41
Spot on shot, Chris! Excellent camera work, my friend. V
Jess. ( Lady.D.)30-Apr-2013 14:43
Well done Chris no easy task to get such a clear flight shot...
Stephanie30-Apr-2013 14:07
Fantabulous capture Chris! Swallows are such great birds, aren't they? VV
The Heritage man30-Apr-2013 07:22
Very clear, sharp. Shows very well the design of the wings. Great photo Chris!
Ika Zinka Eferl30-Apr-2013 06:46
Amazing capture of this flight. You did a lovely job.V
Alain Boussac30-Apr-2013 05:40
An image difficult to succeed and superbly taken with this movement of wings, my friend. V.
Bryan Murahashi30-Apr-2013 05:08
Great shot of this speedster. V
Gérard Koehl30-Apr-2013 04:39
Excellent et pas facile du tout... V
Sam Rua30-Apr-2013 03:56
Very cool. We all know these are not easy birds to capture in flight.
godro30-Apr-2013 02:05
Nice capture!
globalgadabout30-Apr-2013 01:33
superb shot Chris...that's a keeper for sure...V
Hank Vander Velde30-Apr-2013 00:52
Terrific shot of this hard to catch Swallow in flight Chris. Nice compo too.
Walter O. Koenig30-Apr-2013 00:13
Great work with that excellent lens my friend. In your hands you make it look easy. "V"
Char29-Apr-2013 23:46
How magnficent, Chris! \/
Frank Brault29-Apr-2013 23:39
A terrific inflight action image! V
Graeme29-Apr-2013 23:30
Fascinating shot and I love the lighting as well, Chris.V
Jean Chiasson29-Apr-2013 23:27
Beautiful image timnig Chris vote
Don Mottershead29-Apr-2013 23:12
Well done. Those out-of-focus clouds add to the image without distracting from the subject. ~V~
Simon Chandler29-Apr-2013 22:43
Excellent capture with great lighting and composition. A stunning image. v
SageCreek Images29-Apr-2013 22:38
I do not know how many shots I've taken of these birds in flight just to have them come out blurred.
Excellent image, Chris...
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography29-Apr-2013 21:30
Spot-on, Vote !
Karen Stuebing29-Apr-2013 21:16
Great catch! Excellent detail and colors. Love the graceful flight posture. V.
J S Quesada29-Apr-2013 21:11
Very nice capture. Perfect timing. V
Jay Levin29-Apr-2013 20:29
Nice sharp capture, Chris.
Tom Munson29-Apr-2013 20:05
Not easy to track these guys. Great shot, Chris!
Jim Coffman29-Apr-2013 20:03
So graceful and so beautiful,Chris! Very well done..
John Reynolds29-Apr-2013 20:03
Great capture. Quite an achievement bearing in mind their speed. V.
Colin Storey29-Apr-2013 20:01
Fantastic detailed flight shot. v
Chris Morton29-Apr-2013 19:35
excellent sharpness and clarity
larose forest photos29-Apr-2013 19:31
This personifies exuberance and joy. Gorgeous! V
joseantonio29-Apr-2013 19:30
Spectacular image. Not an easy job to get this shot.V.
Zoltán Balogh29-Apr-2013 19:26
How nice! V
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