A pair of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) is nesting in our car port this year. Just before we left on our vacation, their eggs started hatching and we were pleased to find three apparently healthy and very hungry fledglings when we returned yesterday.
This shot cost me 45 minutes of hanging to a ladder waiting for the parents to come back. You wouldn't believe how quickly they can deliver a beakful of bugs to their young! Each parent stays at the nest less than 2 seconds allowing me about 2 shot attempts every 5 minutes since my main flash (which was lying on the roof of the car with a diffuser attached) was taking longer than 2 seconds to recharge.
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