Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 10/01/2013


Photo taken on June 12, 2013


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Alberta
Canada
SW of Calgary
gravel backroad
nature
ornithology
avian
bird
birds
Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Sialia currucoides
Turdidae
Sialia
male
close-up
macro
migratory
side view
perched
barbed-wire
bokeh


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A joy to see

A joy to see
Earlier this year, I took so many photos of Mountain Bluebirds, but only uploaded a handful, so as not to bore people : ) Had to backup and delete a few more photos this evening, and came across this one of a handsome male and thought I'd post it. Taken on 12 June 2013, along a gravel backroad SW of Calgary.

In Bluebirds, the blue colour is produced by the structure of the feather - there is no blue pigment. "Tiny air pockets in the barbs of feathers can scatter incoming light, resulting in a specific, non-iridescent color. Blue colors in feathers are almost always produced in this manner. Examples include the blue feathers of Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Blue Jay's and Steller's Jays."

www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mountain_Bluebird/id

www.jstor.org/discover/pgs/index?id=10.2307/4077277&i...

Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Drumstick, Nourel Lind, Peter Van Der Houwen and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
Cats 99
Cats 99
This is a beautiful close capture of a bluebird, Anne! Beautiful lighting which makes it's colours shine! I also like the barbed wire it's perched on and the green bokeh!
3 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
These do have fantastic colours and you did it justice ... the details are amazing and so is the sheen of the iridescent blues ... an exceptional shot!!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Ken Dies
Ken Dies
Fantastic photo , Anne. Love all your Bluebird photos.
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful capture.
3 years ago.
Pete Luedemann
Pete Luedemann
Beautiful shot
3 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
A very lovely, sharp shot . What a pretty bird
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Indeed, a pleasure for the eyes!!
3 years ago.
Nourel Lind
Nourel Lind
De toute beauté !
3 years ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Thanks so much for your visits and comments, everyone! Much appreciated!
3 years ago.