This moment of good fortune was like a gift. He was probably curious about me. My white patterned shirt may have seemed like a thick birch bark so he had to come close, and then I turned around. He didn't stay long. Only three shots. TG
Down at Royston Ships Park there are some nest boxes put up years ago to bring Martin numbers back up again. It worked. Numbers are much better these days. We humans took down so many old dead tree snags that they had a housing crises. Now with nest boxes on shoreline pylons form Oregon to Vancouver Island, Purple Martin are doing fine.