Barn Swallow Lunch Delivery Sequence

This sequence of 4 photos shows a barn swallow delivering lunch (a damselfly) to one of its brood. The young ones were noticeably aware of the incoming deliveries long before I could see the adult approaching. Their change in behavior and visible excitement provided a clue as to when to begin composing the shot and snapping the shutter.

Notice that the delivery is performed entirely on-the-wing. It’s an amazing feat of aerial acrobatics, and is over in the blink of an eye.

Photos taken June, 2103 | Minneapolis, MN

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