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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/30/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Eastern Bluebird

(Sialia sialis)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: Its been an up and down season thus far for our local Bluebird pair. Bluebirds typically prefer open country areas around trees, but we have been Blessed to have had a nesting pair on our suburban property sideyard for the last several years. They got off to a late start, compared to other reports I heard, and their first attemp was raided by House Sparrows when the chicks were still pretty young. Introduced species, such as European Starlings and House Sparrows compete aggressively for the same nesting cavity sites and are a major threat to Bluebirds. Domestic cats are another primary predator, so please keep your cats inside! Fortunately the pair’s second attempt yielded two successful fledglings just a couple of days ago. I try to always take a little time to set up and photograph these lovely birds when they are around. Using my neighbor’s front yard across the street as a background allowed me the freedom to utilize a wider than normal depth of field setting on the camera. That choice resulted in the entire bird being in focus, yet because of the long distance to the background, it remained well out of focus. I aligned the shot onto a perch they occasionally use. It took about fifteen to twenty hours of observation before this male bird landed where I had hoped and in good light. I really like his unique stance, expression and beauty. It was well worth the wait, in my opinion.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 500mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/640 second • Aperture = f-11 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 500 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 06-25-14

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