Featured Photograph: Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird, Female - Allan H. Treman Marine Park, Ithaca, NY

This morning my goal was to photograph migrating sparrows, but I came home with this image of a female Eastern Bluebird.  I captured some great images of sparrows but it is this image that keeps drawing my attention, so I thought I would share it.  Bluebirds are one of those birds that everyone loves, but let’s face it, the male gets most of the attention. The female is a more subtle bird displaying softer hues of the male’s brilliance.  In this image, I tried to use that subtlety to portray the female.  The image was taken under overcast conditions with consistent lighting across the scene.  I particularly love how the color of her breast is complimented by the tones and hues of the background while that gorgeous blue wing really pops off the screen.

I’d love to know what you think, so please let me know in the comments section.

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  1. Love the picture, Drew. I, too, like how the typically subtle bird seems to “pop” against the anonymous background. Those seed pods bring back childhood memories too, running around with a stick and breaking the cotton-ish fibers out!

  2. Thanks Brandon. There were a few seedpods open this morning but they were all covered in frost! Too bad she didn’t sit on one of them.

  3. Nice image! I also love the similarities between the shapes of the bluebird and the seedpods. It adds another dimension to the image. Cool shot.

  4. I think it’s lovely. The background is soft and gentle and the female’s plumage blends in with a nice subtle pop of blue. beautiful.

  5. I tend to like bird images like this more than ones with crystal clean,sterile backgrounds. I suppose both have their place, but more lately I like a bit more environment. Very nice Drew.

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