Swallow(ing) Pride

A scene from an interaction between a Tree Swallow juvenile and its mother.

A scene from an interaction between a Tree Swallow juvenile and its mother.

At Spencer Island, an estuary in Everett, Wash., about 20 miles north of Seattle, I walked in, looking as usual for raptors. I eventually did spy an Osprey, but after being distracted for 2 1/2 hours by Tree Swallows. I usually take these birds for granted because they’re using flitting around at warp speed, chasing down insects. However, in a patch of the reserve, they were landing on snags.

I let this pair become acclimated to my presence, then I moved in a little, to get a spot-on view. I had some morning sun, which was a blessing since I always seem to draw dreary, cloudy and usually rainy days when I’m out photographing birds. I may be anthropomorphizing, but the following played out several times and it sure seemed to me a scene right out of human parenting, probably circa teenage years.

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Mom arrives first.

Mom arrives first.

Junior must've arrived late, and gets an earful.

Junior must’ve arrived late, and gets an earful.

Junior sasses back.

Junior sasses back.

Mom gets her feathers ruffled!

Mom gets her feathers ruffled!

Junior shows some contrition.

Junior shows some contrition.

Junior and Mom start to exhibit some harmony.

Junior and Mom start to exhibit some harmony.

Order seems restored in this Tree Swallow household.

Order seems restored in this Tree Swallow household.

Comments

  1. Great pix………….

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  1. […] No images captured with my Nikon D3S, a far-more expensive body than the D800, made the cut. For what I’ve landed on as subject matter, I just like the detail the D800 offers. There are, however, times when the speed (autofocus and burst) of the D3S is necessary. One of the images that didn’t make the cut (barely) is the following of Tree Swallows from Spencer Island. The backstory, plus more from the scene, are available here. […]

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