The "Swallow Seat"

© Michelle Alton

The "Swallow Seat"

Uploaded: May 13, 2015 | Entered: May 13, 2015 06:51:49


I have long wondered how the phrase "catbird seat" came about. It's supposed to be a GOOD PLACE!. Well this swallow at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ seems to have a pretty darn good spot! I did have to photo-clean a LOT of bird poop from the light and post!

Exif: F Number: 6.3, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 184.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Ed Lauderdale level-classic May 13, 2015

Beautiful done Michelle!!! The "catbird seat" is best position to be in. James Thurber used the term in a short story in 1942 and the famous baseball commentator Red Barber popularized it. Catbirds, related to mockingbirds, seek the hightest point in an area to deliver their song. Catbirds got thier name because of their ability to mimic a cats meow. #1617716

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe May 13, 2015

Fantastic capture Michelle! #11301549

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic May 13, 2015

Wonderful capture Michelle. I liked the story from Ed, although I don't think I had ever heard that phrase used. #11301568

Ed Lauderdale level-classic May 13, 2015

It's a Southern thang Marilyn. #11301599

Jeff Sielski May 13, 2015

Great find and capture Michelle! #11301604

John Connolly May 13, 2015

An excellent find and capture Michelle! Your images have great information with them! #11301712

Mitch Spence level-classic May 13, 2015 1

That's a biiiig light and a liiiitle bird there. I've had some "discussions" in the past with these pretty little swallows when they wanted to move into the martin houses. #11301770

Barbara Waldoch level-classic May 15, 2015

Wonderful composition and capture, Michelle! #11302645

Emile Abbott level-deluxe May 18, 2015

Great find and presentation, Michelle. #11303972

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