Pacific Swallow gathering a nesting material


I was in my car when I noticed a small flock of Pacific Swallow at a water puddle. I though they were drinking water from that rain water. After lunch I brought my camera and shot a few frames from a car hand held without beanbag , only then than I knew that they were gathering a nesting material. They specifically choose the mud pellets from the root of grass, and include part of the root before flying off.

Pacific Swallow gathering nesting material
Pacific Swallow - Mouth full of mud!
Pacific Swallow gathering nesting material

Pacific Swallow gathering nesting material
I was in a hurry for work without realizing that my camera setting was in TV mode (speed priority) and at f32  ISO 1600. Lucky that the speed was at 1/500.  I always shot a bird in AV mode (aperture priority) and set it a the widest f5.6.
After reviewing the pictures, that mistake was not bad at all. With the small aperture (f32), the fore and background are in focus ,  giving more emphasis about the water puddle and grass – environmental shots.

Pacific Swallow Feeding her chicks

Location: Parking lot, Raub, Pahang. Nest at TopRank resort, Raub.

7 comments

  1. Salam Doc, your are invited to join Camera Talk – Basic technique for birds Photography by Ari at Wetland this saturday…feel free to join us.hehesalamtank

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