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Tom Kellie

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Delichon dasypus Mother Leaving Her Nestlings



Photographed at 12:38 pm on 28 July, 2016 at the Baohe Dam, Hanzhong, China using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 135mm f/2L telephoto lens.



ISO 400, 1/320 sec., f/5.6. 135mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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While visiting the Shimen Plank Road, which is cantilevered over the Bao River near Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, in central China, the Baohe Dam was encountered with substantial infrastructure.



Under a concrete ceiling two unfledged Delichon dasypus, Asian House Martin, nestlings were repeatedly fed by their mother whose visits were remarkably rapid.



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The Tree Swallow is one of the first birds to return to central Wisconsin in the spring. This one was photographed in early May in a marsh along a large lake before the leaves had sprouted even on the small willow trees. By arriving early, the swallows get their choice of man-made wood duck houses along a stream in prime lake-fly habitat.

 

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