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PIC OF THE WEEK: 09/15/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Eastern Bluebird

(Sialia sialis)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: Several times over the past few years, I have photographed these beautiful birds as they busily forage and feed their offspring. They feed their chicks an amazing variety of critters. About two-thirds of their diet is made up of bugs, with the remaining third consisting of wild fruits and berries. Such crustaceans include: grubs, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, beetles, earthworms, millipedes, centipedes, and snails. The males also participate in food gathering, feeding and nest protection (SEE: PIC ON THE WEEK 07/02/12). This female is ready to make her final flight over to the nest hole with a plump caterpillar. Bluebirds will often have a routine transition of perches they use as they approach with their delivery. This habit allows the use of remote triggering of the camera’s shutter from a distance and enables a minimal level of disturbance to their nesting activity. As I looked back over past photo-ops, I was amazed to see the variety of delicacies these birds feed their youngsters.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 500mm f-4 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Canon RS-80N3 Shutter Release and extension cable.

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 = ~18 Feet • Date Shot: 06-23-14

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