Barn Swallows

With their aerial acrobatics, Barn Swallows are not easy to photograph, but I keep trying.

Fortunately, by our boat slip where they’re nesting underneath the docks, they will cooperate and pose nicely.

DSC_7837-1 6419

Barn Swallows


Sunny mornings and evenings, there are more photo ops than imaginable.


DSC_7788-1 6419



DSC_6352-1 52919

“Dock Line Swaying”


DSC_7689-1 6419

“Just Chillin’ in the Breeze”


DSC_6413-1 52919

“Blue Beauty”


Cool Fact:  Barn Swallows are the most widespread of all Swallow species — they’re found on every continent except Antarctica.



54 thoughts on “Barn Swallows

  1. They are such beautiful little birds – thank you for sharing your great photos! We have them around our cove and dock, and there seems to be one particular piling on our neighbor’s dock where they like to rest, but I have yet to get what I consider a decent picture this year.

  2. What beautiful Barn Swallows! It’s funny, when they’re perched they are quite still, I guess they need a break every now and then. Years ago I took a drawing-in-the-field class and the only birds that cooperated long enough for me to try to draw them were Barn Swallows. 🙂

    • They are beauties, and I purposely went down to shoot them at times when there was great lighting to try to capture their blue shimmer. Hmmm….I don’t think I could try any bird, lol. I best stick to my camera. 🙂 Thanks, Lisa!

  3. must have hit the wrong key…anyway they aim at a spot and wait until the swallow flies through, then “click”. I usually capture them on a wire or railing. Still trying to capture them in flight! Have fun!

    • Thanks, Jane! I actually started doing just as you said, but so far, not one good shot. I’ll keep trying, it is a lot of fun, and it’s almost like they are teasing me, ‘catch me if you can’. 🙂

  4. I’ve never seen a barn swallow, and somehow imagined them to be rather drab and brown. Instead you’ve shown me they have beautiful colours – gorgeous.

    • You know, I’d think like you as well, thinking barns, browns, fields, yea, a drab bird as well, not knowing them. They are quite sleek and handsome, and they make you laugh when they chatter at you, as if they are telling you off, but with a beak smile. 🙂

  5. Very handsome birds! Your shots are of great quality, the lighting was perfect to catch the plumage metallic hue. 🙂

    • Thank you much, HJ! They are usually quite cooperative if I’m the only one around on the docks. They figure they can take me out if need be & I get out of line, there’s more of them than me. 😉

    • Thank you, Eliza, they are quite the acrobats in flight. It almost like they are teasing you. 🙂 I love their chatter too. Down at the dock, I was chattering back at them. They just looked at me like I was crazy. hee hee

  6. I so very much wish our nesting violet-green swallows would be as cooperative. They dart in and out of the birdhouse so quickly, i miss them if I blink. They are so fast and busy, but the iridescent colors are marvelous. I imagine yours are the same.

  7. Awesome photos Donna. These birds are almost identical to our Welcome Swallows, they are crazy flyers too and hard to photograph!

  8. Wow!!!
    Great shots of Barn Swallows… wonderful birds!! Thank you for sharing your images, Donna.

  9. We have a very similar looking beastie here in Queensland, which we call welcome swallows. They are much easier to photograph when they occasionally sit still than when they are in flight.

  10. So great to see photos of swallows from above! Mostly the opportunities are restricted to in-flight (very hard) or angled upwards at their throats (maybe that’s how they got the name ‘swallow’)

  11. Pingback: Blue Dasher & Muskrat Combo | Photos by Donna

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: