Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Swallow on Teasel

Swallow on Teasel

The appearance of swallows buzzing around the refuge–more than almost anything else– announces that spring is imminent.  Today, March 19, 2015, at the Ridgefield NWR, I stopped in the woods and noticed all the tree swallows clamoring to make claim on their choice of tree cavity for  nesting.  I took some shots of swallows near their potential tree nest openings.  One swallow flew down to a lone teasel stem and stayed there for a few seconds, half hovering and half perched on this unlikely choice of perches.  The bird provided me about a dozen poses in those few seconds and I’ve chosen the above image to share first.  (I’ll share a few more in upcoming days). Happy beginning of Spring (Fall in the southern hemisphere!)!

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1000, 500mm, 10:43 a.m.

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