Aerobic Birding

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This week’s photo, taken June 2, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW.

If you’ve ever stood on a bluff attempting to photograph a fast-moving swallow, while the tiny jet-shaped bird zips by, swooping and banking and frequently turning, yet never advertising when or in what direction it’s going to turn next, you know how crazy and challenging a task that can be. You, the bird photographer, move like an orchestra conductor, but instead of swaying up and down and twisting side to side while waving a lightweight baton, you lead the symphony with a long lens camera glued to your eyeball.

If it’s swallows you are chasing, flight photography can be quite the physical exercise. Your heart rate increases, you start breathing faster, and the whole experience feels exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Most of your shots of high speed, hard to follow swallows may produce pictures of blurred birds, parts of birds, or sky with no birds in sight. You just hope that if you keep plugging along, you might be rewarded with one decent image – or at least a decent workout.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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7 Responses to Aerobic Birding

  1. Carole Grenadier says:

    Or—like hitting four home runs in a single game—one of them a grand slam. Congratulations! This one is over the right field wall!!!! >

  2. jere mcinerney says:

    I would say the results, which we are all fortunate to enjoy are worth the effort Thank you Amazing body shape Like a submarine And those wings

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  3. Connie says:

    Congratulations on getting a fantastic shot. In addition, you got your aerobic workout! Pet photography is challenging too, especially when I’m trying to get two or three dogs together.
    You don’t realize how often they’re moving their heads even if they’re sitting.

  4. Chris Van Beveren says:

    Or, you could wait for them to land………

  5. cindycampbellackley@gmail.com says:

    Always a treat to see your beautiful bird photos and entertaining commentary Thank You 😊 cindy

    Sent from my iPhone

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  6. Connie Saunders says:

    Well-done, Joe!! Gorgeous little bird! Thanks! Connie

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  7. Brenda Peterson says:

    Awesome shot, Joe!

    Good work!:^)

    On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 7:38 PM, Short & Tweet Bird Reports wrote:

    > Joe Sweeney posted: ” This week’s photo, taken June 2, 2017 at Richmond > Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW. If you’ve > ever stood on a bluff attempting to photograph a fast-moving swallow, while > the tiny jet-shaped bird zips by, swooping and bankin” >

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