Border Patrol by Martin Smart

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WINNER of the February Avatar Challenge in the Nature And Man Group

WINNER of the For the Rule Breakers!! Challenge in the All things Photographic Group

WINNER of the Keep Out Challenge in the Mood & Ambi(e)nce Group

2nd Place in the Three, Tres, Trois, Trio, Drei, Tre, Tri, Trei, Kolme, Tatlo, Drie – Birds
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3rd Place in the Warming Challenge in the Mood & Ambi(e)nce Group

Featured in “Songbirds of North America” April 2010
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Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” June 2011
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Three Tree Swallows guarding the entrance to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, USA!

A Tree Swallow is a small slender migratory songbird with white underneath and iridescent blue-green on top. It has a small bill, long wings and a slightly forked tail.
They nest in natural or artificial cavities near water and are often found in large flocks. They also readily use nest boxes. Their diet is mainly insects, sometimes supplemented with small quantities of fruit and their habitat is primarily marshes and open fields.

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is a remote refuge located in the high altitude of the Centennial Valley, in the southwestern region of the U.S. state of Montana.

Canon 40D
1/500sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

22 favoritings, 645 views as at June 15th 2011


montana, passerine, red rock lakes national wildlife refuge, songbird, tree swallow, wilderness area

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful image,
    excellent work, Ann

  • Thank you very much Ann, I appreciate your kind words!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Great catch, love the caption too :-)

  • Thank you so much Themis, glad you like it!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Superb capture and use of DoF, lovely clean image Martin.

  • Many thanks David, appreciate your comments as always!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sonya Byrne
    Sonya Byrneover 4 years ago

    What a great capture

  • Thank you very much Sonya!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Lovely photo1

  • Thank you so much Eeva!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    I normally am not drawn to anything touched by the hand of man but this is so fresh and adorable and sensible. Way to go. Tree wallows never sit for long so good on you!

  • Thank you so much Lee-Anne, I’m with you 100% re the hand of man but there was something I couldn’t resist about this one! Appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Now that is a sweet shot!

  • Thank you so much Pam!

    – Martin Smart

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thank you very much Barbara!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    Truly a great capture, nicely done!

  • Many thanks Kimberly, appreciate your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Carin Fausett
    Carin Fausettover 4 years ago

    Terrific love this!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and comments Carin!

    – Martin Smart

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