Purple Martin Water Acrobatics

by Larry Nelson June. 28, 2010 2766 views

We have several purple martins that populate a house in our back yard. Every evening they swoop along the water in the pond, scooping water (and insects?) in their beak without stopping. I can't understand how they can almost come to a complete stop, then fly off at normal speed. Seems like it would tear their jaw out of place.
Well, here are my feeble attempts to capture the show. These guys are FAST!!!

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Andrea 7 years, 3 months ago

Great set!

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Sara G 7 years, 3 months ago

They are skimming mosquitos! Wonderful birds and shots :-)

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Jennye 7 years, 3 months ago

They do the same thing here...in my swimming pool!

great set!

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Marsha 7 years, 3 months ago

So cool to watch birds over the water! Don't remember seeing purple martins, but looks really interesting.

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 3 months ago

The bird house is so great!!

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Moira 7 years, 3 months ago

Love it, I have the same scene but over fields you were very succesfull I've still to learn to catch these actions .
The first shot is super.

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Adriano 7 years, 3 months ago

Very good set! good job, they are very fast. Nice captures!!

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Ole Kristian Valle 7 years, 3 months ago

Cool set. It must be hard to capture. I don't know this swallow from here. I like image #1

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Sherij 7 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful shots!! Never knew they actually touched the water!! way kool!

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Tom 7 years, 3 months ago

Good Job Larry those guys are hard to capture

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Lucinda 7 years, 3 months ago

Very nice set, Larry! Your attempt to capture them was well done!!

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Kaitlyn 7 years, 3 months ago

Nicely done!

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Brenda Nelson 7 years, 3 months ago

They ARE really fast - I can't believe you got any of them! That first one is really excellent and the "action" shots are great!

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