Gray-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea chalybea)
Aripo Livestock Station, Trinidad
June 16, 2012
Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.
This is a large swallow (7" long, weighing about 1.4 ounces) of tropical lowlands, fairly common in towns and villages, and open and semi-open country with larger trees to provide nest cavities. It ranges from central Mexico south through Central America and into South America as far as northern Argentina. The subspecies that breeds south of Bolivia (P.c. macrorhamphus) and those birds breeding in eastern Mexico migrate toward the equator after breeding season.
Both sexes resemble female Purple Martins, but the female Gray-breasted Martins may be a little duller than the males.
Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and EF 1.4x II extender set at 385mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/9.5 for 1/250 second at ISO 200. Exposure was decreased ½ stop in post-processing.
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