Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 06/13/2017


Photo taken on June 12, 2017


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12 June 2017
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Collecting food for his babies

Collecting food for his babies
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

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Yesterday afternoon, 12 June 2017, on the spur of the moment, I went for a short drive SW of the city. The sun was shining, but unfortunately it was windy most of the time. My main purpose was to check on a few of the Mountain Bluebirds, who are now busy as can be, collecting insects to feed to their hungry babies. I know this will soon be over and the young ones will have fledged, so I really must make myself visit them again, or it will be too late.

I had also hoped that maybe one of the Great Gray Owls in the area might just be out hunting. No luck this time. Makes me even more grateful to have seen one during our May Species Count on 28 May 2017.

Claudine Gaulier-Denis, HelenaPF, Yves Saulnier, Puzzler4879 and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Dan Sieben
Dan Sieben
Guten Appetit. Ein großartiges Portrait
4 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Stunning !
4 months ago.
ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo
Excellent+++
4 months ago.
Kama 56
Kama 56
Excellente capture
4 months ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
A truly amazing and special shot, Anne, and thanks for the info on the blue feather color, which I did not know. Congrats on Explore!
4 months ago.
Claudine Gaulier-Denis
Claudine Gaulier-Den…
belle prise
4 months ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Thanks so much, everyone! Much appreciated.
4 months ago.