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Bank Swallow
Riparia riparia
The Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) is a resident nesting bird across most of the United States and Canada. Like other swallows, this species forages on the wing in order to catch flying insects. It winters in South America. The immature bird shown here was perched on a fence wire at Alice N.W.R., Ramsey Co., North Dakota, in August, 1999. The shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1N and EF 300mm F/2.8 L lens and 2X extender on Fuji Sensia.
The adult Bank Swallow shown here was at Bear River N.W.R., Box Elder Co., Utah, in August, 1999. It was photographed with the same equipment as the previous image.
Bank Swallows, as the name implies, dig nesting holes in dirt banks. This Bank Swallow colony was at Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, in July, 2005. This was a digital image with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens.
The Bank Swallow shown here was perched on some reeds along the edge of the tour road at Bear River N.W.R., Box Elder Co., Utah, in June, 2007. The image was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The Bank Swallow shown here was in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in September, 2007. It was shot with the same gear as the image just preceding.
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
Texas Point,
Sabine Pass,
Jefferson Co., Texas
20 May 2013