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4 Comments | Report
Purplesage57 March 26, 2016
Nice catch.
PeggyAnn1953 April 13, 2016
Love the "look" on his face. Nice shot.
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mleskiw.wildlife_EC5E March 23, 2020
Ice shooting! Love the expression!
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pogomcl Jun 07
the birds are wonderful-- TN without the snakes. lovely, lovely work

Behind The Lens

This Bluebird shot was taken in our backyard of a very special young bird. This male bluebird was one of 4 young hatchlings in a spring nest. Sparrows got into the nest and threw out all 4 young birds trying to take over the nest. My wife discovered the empty nest and apparently dead birds and was preparing to bury them. This one young male showed signs of life so she returned him to the nest. The parents quickly came back to the nest and did all they could for their one remaining offspring. The attention of the parents on one instead of four produced a strong young male bluebird. After fledging this bird could be seen helping with the next hatch of bluebirds particularly standing guard against interlopers. My wife named him Uno.
The shot was taken in late afternoon with fairly even light coming in from the side. Skies were high overcast.
High overcast gave the shot even lighting.
Camera was a Pentax K100D, 55-300 lens at 300mm in manual mode (ISO 200, f5.6, 1/90 sec).
Our backyard is a wildlife haven for birds and butterflies.We plant flowers to attract birds and butterflies along with providing feeders and water. Being able to watch the life of bluebirds inspire me to be more watchful of what is going on around me. Bluebirds tend to mate for life, take very good care of their young, and are very community focused. Following this survivor was inspirational to me in so many ways. Never overlook what is right in your own backyard. Its great to be able to take photo excursions but don't miss out on the every day opportunities.
The photo was cropped slightly. The original shot was taken through tinted double pane glass so the exposure/white balance/color had to be manipulated a bit to take a green cast out of the picture.
In my camera bag
Pentax K5 II, 16-45/18-55/50-200 WR/55-300. Slik tripod, Lowepro Dry Rover backpack
I took quite awhile learning to compensate for the green tint in our sunroom windows. I found that manipulating the exposure and white balance was the best place to start. I then compared the blue color on the bird with the actual color and adjusted accordingly. Upping the contrast slightly helped bring the photo to more life-like color.

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