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Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Birds, Blue Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 7:12
Viewed: 4670
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No Points please as this is just a quick posting to let all my friends here at TrekNature know I'll be gone for about three weeks on holidays. We are headed south into the United States and hope to get to Yellowstone and maybe beyond. I'll be taking the laptop so I may be able to check in now and again. So I wish you all well and we will be seeeing you all soon. Till then may your lenses and glasses both be filled with what enjoy most.

Mountain Bluebird
Sialia currucoides
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Mountain Bluebird breeds in western North America, south from southeast Alaska and Yukon, to northern Mexico. One pair was found nesting in the High Arctic at Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island in Nunavut in 1995. Probably (except for the far northern part of Alberta) Mountain Bluebirds occupy suitable habitat throughout most of the province.

Mountain Bluebird feed mainly on insects, spiders or other invertebrates, which they glean from short ground vegetation. Unlike other bluebirds, they often hunt by hovering, obviously inspecting the ground below for any potential food item. During the autumn, winter and early spring, they also feed on berries.

Nesting is as per the Eastern Bluebird. In addition to using nest boxes and holes in trees, they also use cavities in the eroded soils as along the Red Deer River such as at Dinosaur Provincial Park. The five to six eggs are mainly incubated by the female for about 13 days. Both adults feed the young. Most birds will produce two broods, sometimes three in a season

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Safe travels Rick, have a great holiday.

New Zealand

Hello Rick , perfect color saturation and shrpnss , TFS.

  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-05-31 7:32]

Hi Rick
No points? Well Ok, lovely capture anyway.
May your harddisk be filled with pictures when back.
Looking forward...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-31 7:56]

Hi Rick,

Safe and exciting journey down south mate, looking forward to your return and all the wonders you catch! Beautiful shot of this Bluebird too...


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-31 8:12]

Hi Rick
I hope you will have very nice holidays and I also wish you a save travel.In regar of point I have to give you some because on my last trip to Albertawe had a lot of problem finding those beautiful birds and I did not get a decent picture at them.Your image is sharp with beautiful colors and very nice BG,I like that catchlight in the eye.
TFS Michel

Oke no points Rick, but it's a very nice image anyway :)

Do wish you a great holliday with lots of beautiful photo subjects and hope you will show us the results.

Warm regards, Harry

Beautiful shot of this bluebird.
Great pose and sharpness
Excellent contrast with background

  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-31 8:34]

Hi Rick,
Have a nice trip, hope you have a great time and a great light :o)
This is a very nice capture of this beautiful bird. TFS

Nice bird and good captured. A little darkly, IMO.
Regards and TFS,

Beautiful shot of this bluebird, Rick!
Nice atmosphere and colours.

Hi Rick,
Beautiful image, have a nice trip and good light!
Best regards,

Hi Rick,
Lovely photo of a beautiful bird. The blue colour is very pretty and I really like the birds pose, looking toward the right of the frame. I'd probably just up the contrast a bit to get rid of the 'gray layer' and make the bird stand out more against the background. Nice work!
Enjoy your holiday. Yellowstone NP should be really interesting. I've seen photos of the geysers and thermal pools. I seems like an awesome place. Have fun!

  • lawhill Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 2 N: 565] (2054)
  • [2007-05-31 9:17]

HI Rick,
Great shots with plenty detail and colors, have safe trip
looking forward, best regards/Lawhill

Hi Rick,

this is a beautiful bird. I've never seen one before.
I like the clash between the gentle image of this bird and the hard lines of the fence.
Have a good holiday by the way.

Gary. :-)

Never saw this one...
Razor sharp eye and beak.
He definitely saw something interesting.
Lovely colours; he has the blues!
Nice trip. No smiley?:-)

  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-31 11:21]

Hi Rick,

Have a wonderful and safe trip. I'll wish for good weather for you.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-31 11:57]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful capture of this blue bird.POV,clear details,lighting and simple BG are excellent.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-31 13:50]

Hello Rick, excellent close up of this beautiful bluebird, the POV, and composition are fantastic, congratulations in a fine capture...

bravo pour ce magnifique oiseau, bonne netteté couleurs nettes,, beau travail

hi rick!
A very beautiful bird and
you shows it perfect!
very nice to see!

Hello Rick,
I like this blove pixie.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a good holiday!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-31 23:31]

Hello Rick

A beautiful photo of this bluebird.Nicely captured with sharp details.have a safe trip and happy shooting.TFS


Hi Rick,
enjoy your holidays and we look forward to your return and I hope you can get some good nature shots along the way,stay safe and have a good time Stateside.Bob.

ps no points but it is worth the two max but as you wish.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-01 3:21]

What a beautiful bird, Rick.
I have only seen them a couple of times from afar.
The colors are just amazing.
Have a wonderful trip and looking forward to seeing your Yellowstone shots.
TFS. ;

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-01 17:03]

Hi Rick,
A beautiful bird! Perfect pov, pose, details and lighting.
Have a good holidays!
TFS, José M.

A qu'il est beau, bien mis en valeru et très net.

Hi Rick,
Been AWOL due to work, but could not pass this one up. What a beauty! Nice color saturation with sharp detail shown in the plumage. Long lens did its job perfectly with thr isolation from the backround.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-01 21:19]

Hi Rick,
gorgeous bird, the blue color is so wonderful and not very common. On firts gl;ance this could be mistaken for a Indigo bunting, but only because of the color.
Great shot, the BG is wonderful to show the bird off without any distraction.
POV, details and sharpness are great.

Hi Rick,
Beautiful blue bird! Excellent dof and the square frame make different.

Belle photo de ce superbe oiseau bleu qui est très doux dans ses nuances de bleues. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-02 22:50]

Hi Rick.- Beatiful colors, and very nice BG. Your foto is so sharp and exelent pose of this bluebird. nice note to. Luis52.

AGGGHHH! You have already left for Yellowstone! I tried to warn you that this is a bad time to visit there but we just got home today and you left 2 days ago! I answered your email.

This is a great shot of a bluebird. I got some too on our recent trip... some were so blue I could hardly believe it. I will be anxious to hear about your trip.

Evelynn : )

Gorgeous close-up capture of this bluebird Rick. The detail are fantastic, super job. :)

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-06 19:20]

Hi Rick, great shot with wonderful colour. Have a good holiday.

Hi Rick,
Excellent colors. Eyes contact, details, sharpness wonderfull. also nicely composed.
thanks for sharing
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-20 11:59]

Hi Rick.
What a nice shot of this beautiful bird. Its pose, terrific detail and colour reproduction, perfect DOF and nice smooth BG create an excellent composition which is so pleasant to eyes. Reproduction of bird's plumage is simply amazing. Bravo and TFS.

I really wish, I could see this beauty one day. What an amazing capture and subject!
Points anyway :)

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