Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) are beautiful aerial darters that skim over water and fields, rarely stopping long enough for a photographer to spend some time filming them. I’ve been fortunate to see them near where they nest near the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area on Long Island.

Barn swallow, the marine near the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area, May 17, 2019

Barn swallow, the marine near the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area, May 17, 2019

Barn Swallows in Central Park

I love to watch the barn swallows at the Reservoir in Central Park in the spring, but they don't stop long enough for me to film them. But in 2015 we had barn swallows resting on a snag near the Point on the Lake in Central Park, and in 2017 I've had two stop long enough for me to film on Governors Island. I'll take any view of these blue birds whenever I can!

Barn swallow, over the Lake, Central Park, May 6, 2015

Barn swallow, over the Lake, Central Park, May 6, 2015

The Filming the Feathers video has some of the original sounds heard in May 2015 at the Point on a snag over the Lake, plus music by Béla Bartók (Romanian folk dances, arranged for recorders and performed by Papalin). I slowed down the video of the swallows darting over the water at Governors Island.

This photo is from Governors Island on May 12, 2017.

These photos are from May 6 and 8, 2015, at the Point in Central Park.

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