Baby Barn Swallows

Baby barn swallows, Castle Island

Baby barn swallows, Castle Island

For the past ten or so years, numerous generations of this barn swallow family have been born and raised in this basket, which hangs over the entrance to Fort Independence, located on Boston’s Castle Island.  According to a volunteer, about ten years ago, a nest of barn swallows was precariously sitting atop one of the fort’s enormous iron doors.  The nest fell and a helpful person placed the survivors of the fall into this basket, and hung it safely from the roof, just inside the door.

That young family thrived, as did their next generation, and the next, and the next, and so on…

He warned the few photogs that had gathered that we had better get moving, as the mother barn swallow would be returning and did not take kindly to strangers gawking at the family estate.  And so we did.

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200 zoom lens at focal length of 135mm (equiv), f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 500, on board flash, cropped.


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