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The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight.
Pairs stay together to breed for life, but extra-pair copulation is common, making this species genetically polygamous, despite being socially monogamous. Males are particularly aggressive and territorial, and guard females actively to avoid being cuckolded. Males may use deceptive alarm calls to disrupt extrapair copulation attempts toward their mates.
Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica), Lake Kerkini, Greece, Europe

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Marilyn Grimble
    Marilyn Grimbleabout 2 years ago

    Perfection with an attractive title.

  • Thank you very much Marilyn!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Konstantinos

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

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  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 2 years ago

    Splendid nature shot Konstantinos.

  • Many thanks my friend!

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 2 years ago

    awesome, awesome capture!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much Lois, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago


    1 November 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Elaine!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairabout 2 years ago

    This is brilliant!

  • Thank you very much Maisie!

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 2 years ago

    Fabulous capture and title 1

  • Thanks a lot Mathilde!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    So creative idea to created beautiful artwork. I love it !
    Yes, you are my winner of my day:)
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    Take care my artist friend,
    Sunny

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment Sunny!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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