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Purple Martin Water Acrobatics

  • Posted June 28, 2010 by Larry Nelson Viewed 2691 times

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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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    • # Marsha

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

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    • # Moira

      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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    • # Sherij

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

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    • # Brenda Nelson

      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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