Barn Swallow in Vancouver’s Jericho Park


Barn Swallow (male) | Hirondelle rustique | Hirundo rustica: Gathering mud for its nest in Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Photo taken on May 7, 2016 with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 560 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000), cropped for composition. Not baited, called in or set up.

Barn Swallow at UBC Vancouver


Barn Swallow | Hirondelle rustique | Hirundo rustica: The photo above shows one of several birds busily looking for suitable nesting materials, while the one below was taken on the rooftop of one of UBC’s “lovely” parkades, which seem to be quite attractive for swallows (both Barn and Tree).

I should probably also point out that Barn Swallow (Twitter handle: @thebarnswallow) was one of four candidates running for the position of 2016 Vancouver City Bird during last month’s Vancouver Bird Week. One of the other contestants, Peregrin Falcon, actually received the most popular votes — but we should certainly not forget the other two candidates, Barn Owl and Western Grebe.

Both of these photos were taken May 14, 2015 on the the Point Grey campus of the University of British Columbia, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500
  • Bottom: ISO 400, 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600