The swallows and martins are a group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the Barn Swallow. This family comprises two subfamilies: Pseudochelidoninae (the river martins of the genus Pseudochelidon) and Hirundininae (all other swallows and martins). Within the Old World, the name "martin" tends to be used for the squarer-tailed species, and the name "swallow" for the more fork-tailed species; however, there is no scientific distinction between these two groups. Within the New World, "martin" is reserved for members of the genus Progne. (These two systems are responsible for the Sand Martin being called "Bank Swallow" in the New World.) The entire family contains around 83 species in 19 genera. (From Wikipedia)
Critiques | Translate
Silvio1953 (98217) 2013-03-13 12:22
Ciao Eleu, great capture of lovely in-flight bird, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Sonata11 (28375) 2013-03-13 19:33
nice capture this bird. This bird looks so cute. Very nice job. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
Miguel82 (7854) 2013-03-15 11:52
Very difficult picture to take Eleu as it is very fast bird
Good close up, nice blue background
jemaflor (69011) 2013-03-20 12:55
well taken, a bird like a plane flying ..., well presented on this blue sky and just in the center of the photo.
ikeharel (37378) 2013-03-21 1:06
Not sure about this specie, our swallows look "all-black" birds, Eleu.
Buit, when it flys it doe's looks like an old "Vulcan" bomber, same shape and heavy belly.
Nice take on mid-air.