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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.


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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