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Tree Swallows In Nest

Bob Orsillo

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Toronto , ON - Canada

An amazing capture Bob !

Chicago, IL - United States

This is absolutely stunning, Bob! Great perspective and composition. What a magical and special event you captured, and perfect in black and white! V/F!!!

Providence Village, TX - United States

So unique perspective...the perfect timing for the landing...composition and the closeness of the active scene is amazing dear Bob...Excellent!!! F/V.

Bollebygd - Sweden

Wonderful and original shot! Love the perspective! v

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Gun!

Yelm, WA - United States

This really is an outstanding photo! I love the perspective, that subtle "painterly" look, the amazing composition...and capturing the moment of "mom" returning...just incredible! v/f

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Rory!

Melbourne - Australia

What a knockout capture Bob, beautiful to see the parent in flight towards those hungry little chicks. Incredible timing. VF

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Rosy! :)

Toronto, ON - Canada

Great shot! You're getting so close, mother swallow is going to attack you! F/V

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Oiyee! :)

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Featured on Avian homepage. 01/26/12 V

Bob Orsillo replied:

DiDi Thank you very much for the feature!

Auburn, ME - United States

Thank you Laura, Sandy,Lindie. Elizabeth,and Donna for your wonderful comments

Walnut Creek, CA - United States

This is so awesome. The angle is so unique!

Palm Beach Gardens, FL - United States

Wow, and they say that timing is everything. Now I know why. Wonderful capture. Elizabeth

Smyrna, TN - United States

Very nice, Bob!

Warwick, RI - United States

Great shot, Bob.

Palm Bay, FL - United States

Wonderful wildlife shot !

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Tree Swallows In Nest


Bob Orsillo


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Two Tree Swallows fledglings in a nest, less than seven days old. One sleeping. The other calling for food. One of parent Swallows (the mother) is making ready to land. This one of many still photographs I made during a three week filming of this family of swallows. Nature photography by Bob Orsillo

The Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, is a migratory passerine bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

This swallow averages 13.5 cm (5 inches) long and weighs about 20 g. The bill is tiny. The adult Tree Swallow has iridescent blue-green upper parts, white underparts, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colors than the male, often more greenish than the more bluish male. The juvenile plumage is dull grey-brown above and may have hint of a gray breast band.

The Tree Swallow nest consists of multiple layers of grasses and thin twigs, and is lined with large feathers from other species. The female lays 4 to 7 white eggs and incubates them by herself. The eggs hatch in about 14 days and the hatchlings are altricial. The hatchlings typically fledge in 16�24 days. While there are young or eggs in the nest, adults frequently dive bomb intruders (including curious humans) and attempt to drive them from the area. Tree Swallows are known to "fight" over feathers in mid-air for reasons which are still under investigation. There is some speculation that this is a form of play.

Tree Swallows are typically single-brooded, although they may attempt a second nest if the first fails early in the season. There are records of parents raising two successful broods in a season.

They subsist primarily on a diet of insects, sometimes supplemented with small quantities of fruit. They are excellent fliers and take off from their perch and acrobatically catch insects in their bills in mid-air.


August 11th, 2010


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