Birds in nature

Challenge #19 in the Eclectic series. Hosted by Ro13.
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Temple Swallow
by Tribhuz
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Saw this bird (Red-rumped Swallow) perched on a wire in a temple compound in Western Nepal. I didn't have a long telephoto lens but I could get incredibly close to the bird which was building a nest nearby (patches of mud in its beak is distinctly visible). Typical maroon colored temple buildings of Nepal added a nice backdrop to the shot.
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Submitted: Friday, 28th May, 2010 06:00 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 18th March, 2010
Focal length: 85 mm
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
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