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Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird
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Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 12:19
Viewed: 3406
Points: 8
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Some more pics of my new neighbour :)

The Eastern Bluebird, Sialia sialis, is a medium-sized thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands and orchards.

Adults have a white belly. Adult males are bright blue on top and have a reddish brown throat and breast. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail, a brownish throat and breast and a grey crown and back. Eastern Bluebirds are found east of the Rockies, southern Canada to the Gulf States and southeastern Arizona to Nicaragua.

The bright blue breeding plumage of the male, easily observed on a wire or open perch, fluttering down to the mowed grass to capture a grasshopper, cricket or beetle.

Eastern Bluebirds are secondary cavity nesters using an old woodpecker hole, natural cavity, hole in a rail fence or nesting box. Mainly the female builds a cupped-shaped nest made from dried grasses or pine needles and lined with finer grasses. The female lays two to seven bluish (or rarely, white) eggs that are incubated primarily by her. The eggs hatch in 12 to 14 days. The hatchlings are fed by both parents and the young ones fledge in another 14 to 20.

The population of the Eastern Bluebird declined seriously enough in the past century to reach critical status by the mid-1900s. The decline was due to:

Habitat destruction (loss of fields and nesting cavities in split-rail fences; clearing of dead trees)
Pesticide use
Nest predation by House Sparrows and European Starlings; both of which are non-native species introduced by humans.
Fortunately, the species was rescued by a network of birding enthusiasts who erected nesting boxes for Bluebirds, with close monitoring necessary to prevent House Sparrows from nesting in them. They remain thoughtful of conservation, however, with competition still prevalent from other species (for e.g. Tree Swallows, which are a native species and which also nest in cavities) and in certain states of the US they can still be difficult to spot.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-31 13:19]

Hi Liezel
Very good capture of that blue bird , a specie that I never saw before.Sharp image with nice details in the plumage.Colors and BG are very nice.
TFS Michel

Hello Liezel
The colours of this bird are amaizing. The sharpness is also good. I like also POV but I wouldn't add the frame or I would add another one. Why? The frame almost touches the bird's tail - for me it is too close. And without the frame everything would be ok.
Anayway I like you picture very much.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Liezel, This is a bird I have been looking for, for a long time, and have never seen. I've seen all kinds of bluebird boxes put up, just haven't been lucky enough to see an occupant yet. This shot of yours is very good. This easily demonstrates why people try so hard to establish the nests for them. The colour and clarity of your shot are excellent.

Thanks, John

Hello Liezel,
Very nice colours of this bird.
Sharp details.


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