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Violet-green swallow        Images © Mark A. Chappell


The violet-green swallow (much more green than violet, for most observers) is one of the most widely-distributed and beautiful of the North American swallows.   Like their close relative the tree swallow, they nest in tree cavities (often excavated by woodpeckers), as seen in the picture of the female.  The photos were taken near the University of California's James Reserve, in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, California and near Riverside, California; the birds in the images below were sitting on tufa formations at Mono Lake in eastern California.

  • Canon 10D or 30D, 500mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2007, 2018)