There is nothing like the blue of an Eastern Bluebird filling your camera lens! So vibrant and happy! When I arrived at the rookery today, the rain had just stopped and the sun was starting to peak out. The ground was making a squishy, settling sound that was quite nice, and as I listened and looked up into the sycamore trees to see what the herons were doing, I saw movement in a tree about 20 feet from me...and then that wonderful flash of blue that is always such a surprise! I quickly focused in a found this little male perched nicely for me. I had to step into a few sprigs of multi-flora rose for a better angle. If I moved even slightly to the left or right the autofocus would zoom in on a small branch and Little Blue would go out of focus, so I had stay put, which was pretty easy to do considering I was anchored in place by the thorns! Small price to pay for the Bluebird of Happiness...
So beautiful. This Eastern Bluebird sat and posed for me for a long time.
Every now and then, he would drop down to the
ground to grab an insect then fly back up to his perch.
When a bluebird turns his back on you, it's quite all
right! Henry David Thoreau's quote, "The bluebird
carries the sky on his back," fits this photo so well...
I finally noticed his mate sitting about 10 feet behind him on the lower branches of a Sycamore tree. She was not nearly as vibrant, but lovely just the same.
His mate was preening and still appears to
be a bit wet from the earlier rain shower.
Bye Mrs. Blue. I hope to see you at the rookery again!