Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge

Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating

Photographing swallows in flight, no matter how much planning, is also about luck. Here we found a flock, apparently selecting mates, working around a single pipe sticking up out of a marsh. As long as we had an idea of where they should be we were good.

Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge

A mate is selected based on their flying display. We watched, and captured, this fascinating show.

Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge

A female ( an assumption on my part) would land on the pipe and others would fly, swoop, and sometimes brush, by her. If one was too close they met in mid air.

Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating - Click To Enlarge
Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge

When a bird flew away from the pipe others would either land or circle around it.

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Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge

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Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating – Click To Enlarge

 

 

22 thoughts on “Swallows, In Flight Speed Dating”

    1. We see a lot of swallows zipping around over the marshes. being so fast, and random, I usually don’t pay much attention. Ellen spotted them all bunched up. They were out over water (alligator directly underneath) so felt safe and far enough from us.

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