August 2nd, 2013 – Avian Friday: Gorge Glider

During my Memorial Day trip to the Columbia River Gorge to photograph waterfalls and do a little fishing I found a few feathered friends on my hike up the Elowah Falls trail. Quite a good number of Violet-green Swallows were soaring about on their morning ritual Gliding the cliffs high above the mighty river. Some of them were in decent proximity to be able to capture some flight shots, but that morning my patience was a bit thin and the camera a little too slow on the auto focus with a teleconverter attached. Several of the little birds fluttered back and forth across the trail, landing within reasonable distance for a still shot opportunity. This one which seemed not to particularly mind my presence too much allowed me to slowly ease close enough to capture a few nice frames.

Violet-Green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina )

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Multnomah County, Oregon 
400mm | 1/320th Sec. @f/8 | ISO 1500

Canon 5D Mark III+ Canon EF 70-200L IS USM vII + 2X Rear Adapter

Processed with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, Nik Suite.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



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