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Fledgling Barn Swallows and a Fearless Fox deedsphotos

Updated on August 20, 2010

As we were enjoying a beer after our Thursday evening sailboat race a couple of weeks ago I noticed the three young barn swallows sitting on a line only about 8 feet away solemnly watching us . I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures using a flash. The birds were not spooked by the flash and continued to sit and watch and listen to us discussing why we didn't do better in the race. They didn't offer any suggestions!

As I walked back to the parking lot I noticed a fox standing on the beach. I'd heard that our sail club had a fox den on the property but had never seen one. (We've had far fewer Canada geese this year!) A picture of the fox is included. He stood and watched as I took his picture and wasn't spooked any more than were the swallows.

[The pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them. A second click may be used to enlarge a portion of a picture.]

Fearless Fox at Crescent Sail YC--Photos by James Lady


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    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Ralph, The pics were wonderful, could you have chosen the wrong profession?

      In so many parts of the world they would say, excellent food photography! I think I've made too many friend's from other continents. H

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Beautiful photos. As a birdwatcher, I so enjoyed the pictures of the swallows. The young fox is so pretty to. We have fox running around our neighborhood and I catch a glimpse of a large one every once in a while at twilight. Due to the low light, I can't appreciate the colors.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Excellent photos Ralph, both of the swallows as well as the fox. And the video is great too. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Good advice, Ralph.

      If you don't have your camera, you've got NO chance of a shot of any quality.

      Yours are great!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      The fledglings look cute! The babies are very different looking. I guess it's their eyes.

      Thanks for a close look at baby barn swallows.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for you kind comments. One key to getting good pictures is to take your camera with you everywhere. You never know when an opportunity for an interesting picture will present itself such as this beautiful lady at the farmer's market last Sunday--


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      drcrischasse 7 years ago from NH/Foxboro

      You are amazing with the camera. Love to see what through your lens/

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Love the pics of the Swallows...Thanks for sharing

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Good shots.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      You're a wonderful photographer. I love swallows and these little cuties were just posing. Thanks.