Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @450mm | 1/200 | f/15 | ISO500
Bluebirds have long been one of my favorite birds. However, I have very rarely seen them, and it has almost always been from a distance too far away to get a good picture. Earlier this week I went hiking along one of my favorite sections of the Hennepin Canal. Last year the DNR put up some bluebird nesting boxes, so when I saw them I wondered if they housed any of the little blue beauties that I love so much. There didn’t seem to be much action in the first four boxes, but when I saw the fifth it looked as if there might be something nesting in it. Then I saw them, a pair of bluebirds observing from a distance. I watched as they got up the nerve to come closer to the nesting box, and sure enough, the female entered the box. So, I made a plan to come back another day to see if I could get some decent photos.
Today I took my tripod and headed out to the nesting box area. I wasn’t disappointed! Watching from a distance, ready to get some pictures, I got to observe this pair taking care of their young. The female seemed to be the braver of the two; always the first to move closer. However, the male always escorted her to the nesting box and waited close by when she was in the box.
I could have watched them all day, but I knew that I was making them nervous. So, I packed up my gear; happy to have gotten a chance to get a much closer view of these beautiful creatures:)