Anne Elliott's photos with the Sialia currucoides

Hard working Dad

Hard working Dad
After the mishap with my photos three days ago, on 3 August 2018, I decided to spend a bit of time yesterday afternoon at a park SW of the city. Two days earlier, while I was taking photos at Rod Handfield's, I suddenly noticed that the image seen in my…
Added on August  6, 2018

A beautiful catch

A beautiful catch
What a huge storm we had last night - so much lightning and thunder and rain. After the serious hailstorm that hit the city the day before, and which I missed because I was out of the city photographing birds, I thought I would go for a short drive to my…
Added on July 26, 2018

Mountain Bluebird with food for his babies

Mountain Bluebird with food for his babies
Little did I know what I was going to miss when I went on a short drive SW of the city yesterday afternoon, 23 July 2018! Only when I checked the weather forecast for today did I see photos and videos of the severe hail storm that hit the city while I…
Added on July 24, 2018

Tiny spider with a death wish

Tiny spider with a death wish
Yesterday afternoon, 13 July 2018, I watched as a tiny spider crawled up the breast of this motionless male Mountain Bluebird - and suddenly, goodbye spider!

How wonderful it feels to have a cooler morning! A short while ago, it was just 11C, now 15C ju…
Added on July 14, 2018

Bluebird bling

Bluebird bling
What a SAD, SAD day! If you are familiar with Anthony Bourdain, chef, traveller, explorer, a man who got on well with anyone, anywhere, no matter who they were, or where they come from, this is a very sad day, hearing of his death, from suicide. I have…
Added on June  8, 2018

Mountain Bluebird female

Mountain Bluebird female
Back to local birds, but also back to the archives. It was a case of either post no photos this morning or quickly grab three from my archives. Still taking no new photos and still missing all the new bird arrivals back to the city and surroundings, whi…
Added on April 30, 2018

They're back : )

They're back : )
Actually, these gorgeous Mountain Bluebirds have been back for a while already. Each spring, it is such a joy to see the very first splash of blue after a long, cold winter. This photo was taken on 20 April 2018, SW of the city.

In Bluebirds, the blu…
Added on April 26, 2018

Gathering lunch for his babies

Gathering lunch for his babies
This morning, I am posting three photos from my archives, all taken in June 2014. I just haven't been getting out and, on the very occasional time I have been out with my camera, there has been so little to photograph. As for Mountain Bluebirds, I have…
Added on April 13, 2018

A touch of blue

A touch of blue
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…
Added on April 10, 2018

A change from a world of white

A change from a world of white
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…
Added on November 30, 2017