Purple Martin
Progne subis
The Purple Martin (Progne subis) has often been described as America's most loved bird. Purple Martins are members of the swallow family and are aerial foragers. The species is considered extremely beneficial since their diet consists of flying insects. The species will readily nest in man-made bird houses and many people across the country thrill to the first martins returning in the spring. The first 10 shots on this page were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in March, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.