Barn Swallows and A Northern Mockingbird
This series of photos are my recent captures of Barn Swallows and a Northern Mockingbird. Both are residents in the Oyster Cove community around the marina. But first (and I’ve meant to do this before!), I’m sharing photos of my ‘birding loop’ in the Oyster Cove community that I keep referencing in my posts. I think you’ll be surprised that the variety I’ve been photographing from my ‘loop’ is just this little compact area!
And that’s my ‘birding loop’. Really kinda like an “L” loop. LOL For only 5-10 minutes each morning and evening, I slowly roll through and enjoy the sights and sounds of so many different feathered friends, I wish I had realized it long before now! I guess my photographing and recording of Oliver and Olivia, our missing osprey pair, from previous seasons kept me really busy. 🙂
Barn Swallows are nesting under the marina docks where they’ve attached mud nests. They are adorable, chubby little birds and fly around the shoreline of our community, sometimes right out in front of my balcony, I could almost reach out and pet them. 🙂 They seem friendly/curious yet shy and fly very fast with aerobic flair, gobbling up insects and I think just having a marvelous, fun time. Barn Swallows do a constant cute chitter-chatter while perched or flying. I have yet to capture a quality flight shot…..but I’m working on it. 🙂
The first three photos were taken about an hour before sunset of a pair relaxing and soaking up the late rays.
Another morning I had quietly parked between the marina and tennis courts and was listening to the birds and scanning the water, when a flurry of noisy Barn Swallows landed on the curb at my driver’s side. I couldn’t tell what was going on or why, when just as quickly, they were all gone but one. She sat quietly and just looked around.
Then she got up and began picking at the little twigs, dropping the first one and picking up another. She was looking for just the right size! 🙂 Once she found the twig in the second shot, she hopped and stopped, giving me the most adorable looks.
I then began to roll on and left her to her shopping. I quickly sighted the Northern Mockingbird who is visible almost every morning, flying from tree to tree and singing his songs. This time, he was on a perfect perch, busy preening his feathers. As usual, preening shots are the prettiest so I decided to share his quick poses inbetween.
Finally, I wanted to share a couple shots of the moon. The first is last night’s moon which was starting to brighten up as it was beginning to arch the sky over my head at sunset. I didn’t quite get the detail this time on the craters and had hoped it turn out a little better. Following it is the moon shot from a month ago on April 2nd, taken after sunset. It was a better capture.
I hope you enjoyed our cuties, the barn swallows, and the Vogue pose of the mockingbird. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your upcoming weekend!