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swallow oscine

The small swallow in this photo is perched on an old wire fence that’s been painted white. The angle of this photograph shows the swallow in perfect profile, allowing you to view how the colors of his plumage change as you follow from his head to tail. The shorter, radiantly blue feathers on the back of his head and throughout his back shimmer in the sunlight, while the golden feathers on his underside are soft, brushy, and decidedly less glimmering. An avid birdwatcher would enjoy such a close-up glimpse in real life, as it can be difficult to catch a swallow’s true appearance before he flies off during your approach.