Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lucky Shot: Chimney Swift

Chimney swift.

These images may not look like much via the Blogger interface, but I'm fairly happy about them. I shot this gliding chimney swift as he swooped past our birding tower on our second Big Day, May 10.

Normally swifts zip past our tower at high speeds and zig-zag off into the blue, leaving me with a dozen images of nothing but sky. If you've ever tried to photograph a chimney swift, you know what I'm talking about.

But this chimney swift and his two traveling companions made to slow circles of our birding tower, probably checking it and our chimney out as possible nest sites. After their first slow circumnavigation, I realized what was going on and grabbed the camera. This was the only shot I got that had a sizable bird in the frame.

Here it is cropped slightly.
For the first time in my bird photo life, I was as swift as a swift.

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At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice pic! It's really hard to shoot flying birds (with a camera!). I try to stick to perched subjects!


At 5:23 PM, Blogger Beth in NYC said...

Congrats! These guys and swallows, martins, etc. are so difficult to capture!

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Robby said...

Awesome photos. Here is something you might find interesting: Will you add this to your bloglist?

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Dave Lewis said...

You the man!
I gave up on Swallows and Swifts, they make me dizzy...

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Born Again Bird Watcher said...

Very nice images. I've tried repeatedly with our owl local Vaux's Swifts but not with results anywhere near as good as yours shown here.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Wren said...

Now that's impressive!

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Mary C said...

Oh, yes! Now that's a bird I believe may be the last one I'll ever capture in flight - and it should look so good. Great job, Bill!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

Just like your swallow post from a few months ago--AMAZING. Good to know that it's possible, but I'm just not swift enough, I fear.


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