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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Barn Swallow

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/750
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: ~400mm (~600mm equivalent) Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji 2.0x extender (~1200mm equivalent).
ISO: 800

I’ve been shooting with the Fuji 100-400mm lens and the 2.0 teleconverter for the last couple of weeks, mostly for birds.  The Fuji 100-400mm lens and the 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters are a birders dream combination that has completely supplanted my digiscoping setups.  The optics are phenomenal and you get autofocus, and Fuji color all in a handheld package that is far easier to transport than any other optical or camera solution.  Look for some more bird images in the next little while with this combination, but in the meantime, this barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) was seen East of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

 

Barn swallow tight

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/800
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: ~400mm (~600mm equivalent) Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji 2.0x extender (~1200mm equivalent).
ISO: 800

I was able to get in a little closer here without disturbing the swallow while he hunted and then did something that totally makes sense, but I had never before seen…

 

Barn swallow getting mud

Camera: Fuji X-T1
Exposure: 1/450
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: ~400mm (~600mm equivalent) Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji 2.0x extender (~1200mm equivalent).
ISO: 800

…it flew down next to the stream and started collecting mud and nest building materials.  I’d known that their nests were built from mud, but I’d never witnessed the behavior of actually collecting the mud to make the nest with.  We see birds and bird photographs, but the ability to have standoff distance with good optics allows you to watch and document bird behavior as well with easily portable and affordable camera solutions.  Note: using a single focus point is quite handy for birding as it allows you to pinpoint the focus you want on subjects that are often behind grass, branches or other complex scenes like this one.

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