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I've admired Violet-green Swallows of the American West since I first saw them as a grad student in Fort Collins.  In both 2010 and 2011, they nested in old woodpecker holes in the top of a dead pine near our New Mexico cabin.  But only at nearby Heron Lake State Park did I finally got a chance for a photo.  This male and his mate had a nest hole in a weather-worn dead pine near the top of the Rio Chama gorge.  I sat on the edge of a cliff with a 50' drop, and photographed the Violet-greens at eye level, some 40' away on the pine limbs.  This is a small bird, so even with cropping in Photoshop, it's small in the frame.