Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 03/21/2016


Photo taken on March 20, 2016


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One of the first of the season

One of the first of the season
After a long day out at Frank Lake on Saturday and then checking the upcoming weather forecast, yesterday, 20 March 2016, looked like it was going to be the only decent day of the coming week. Of course, we all know that weather forecasts can change. So, my alarm clocks were all set ridiculously early, though I still left home a bit later than I had intended, and I took myself NW of the city again to see if I could see an owl. Just a handful of friends were there and we got a few moments of great views of one of the Great Grays. The rest of the time, I did see an owl fly off into the trees a couple of times, but the time was spent waiting and chatting with my friends. Patience .....

While we were waiting, someone spotted this beautiful male Mountain Bluebird way down the road. Posting the only distant photo I got, just for the record. I am pretty sure I had caught a quick glimpse of another Bluebird on my drive to my destination. Also, I seem to remember catching a quick sight of another one recently, but can't for the life of me remember where or when. It's always such a treat to see a Bluebird, especially the very first of the season. That flash of bright blue is breathtaking. Thankfully, I do have many much closer shots in my Mountain Bluebird album : )

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...

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