Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica

f4.5 @ 1/1250s, ISO:200, Nikon D300S w 300mm and 1.2X tele-extender


"Barn Swallow," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The barn swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In Anglophone Europe it is just called the swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".The adult male barn swallow of the nominate subspecies H. r. rustica is 1719 cm (6.77.5 in) long including 27 cm (0.792.76 in) of elongated outer tail feathers. It has a wingspan of 3234.5 cm (12.613.6 in) and weighs 1622 g (0.560.78 oz). It has steel blue upperparts and a rufous forehead, chin and throat, which are separated from the off-white underparts by a broad dark blue breast band. The outer tail feathers are elongated, giving the distinctive deeply forked "swallow tail". There is a line of white spots across the outer end of the upper tail. The female is similar in appearance to the male, but the tail streamers are shorter, the blue of the upperparts and breast band is less glossy, and the underparts paler. The juvenile is browner and has a paler rufous face and whiter underparts. It also lacks the long tail streamers of the adult.
Southcape Beach, Mashpee, Massachusetts
 
05/21/2010