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Violet-green Swallow - Explored

Violet-green Swallow - Rancho San Antonio, Los Altos, CA, USA


These iridescent swallows visit us every spring, but this is the first time I have been able to get decent shots of this species, so it is a photo lifer for me.


I have always seen these swallows in flocks and they rest / perch for a while and then dash off. I have (unsuccessfully so far) tried to get a flight shot of these swallows. They are extremely agile and erratic in flight and it is virtually impossible to get them in flight, but I will keep on trying.


These swallows almost exclusively feed on flying insects. These are migratory and most winter in Mexico and Central America.


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Taken on April 26, 2011