Captured at the Martin House in Oak Hammock Marsh, north of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada…. Just click on the image to enlarge
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3I 18.0 MP CMOS, w a Canon 150-500mm Zoom Lens exp5.6, Shutter speed 1/800, ISO640 Focal Length 419mm.
Purple Martin: Large, vocal swallow: the male is uniformly a glossy dark purple-blue body and forked tail. Black bill, legs and feet. Female, light bellied, throat and breast grayish, often with faint gray collar. They are the largest North American swallow. They are stong, graceful in flight, alternates a few rapid wing beats with long glides. Catches and eats insects in flight and also forages on the ground. Birds in eastern North America now nest almost exclusively in birdhouses, but those in the West use mostly natural cavities.
To hear their gurgly song, turn up the sound, and click HERE