When I visit Lake Martin, I usually expect to see and photograph waterfowl (egrets, herons, ducks, etc.). One morning last month provided me with a different experience.
I parked the truck near the main boat launch and walked toward the peninsula extending parallel to the boat launch into the lake. A Red-winged Blackbird surprised me by flying in front of me and landing on the piece of timber across the foot of the peninsula. Ordinarily a difficult bird for me to photograph, this one was well lit by the morning sun and provided a good view of the detail in its mostly black feathers.
Canon EOS 7D (483mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1250)
Looking up after photographing the blackbird, I noticed a large group of Tree Swallows occupying a power line running along the peninsula. The individuals swallows would land on the wire, rest a while, and take off again. Below is a photograph of three of them at various stages of their flights.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO320)
Of course, over the twenty or so minutes I spent on the peninsula, I saw plenty of the birds I typically photograph at Lake Martin. However, I thought these two species deserved a post of their own.
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