A Change of Pace

A Change of Pace.

Typically during this phase of the development of the nestling Bluebirds I would be out every morning capturing images like this of the male and female bringing in huge bugs. With the incident of the snake taking 4 of the 5 young. I am changing my activities as well by backing off and letting them have less stress. It is obviously very stressful for the nestling and the adults, the female is coming in often and feeding the baby (Spartacus). I have not seen the male since yesterday morning. I am not sure if he is with the first brood teaching them to hunt, in shock and possibly have abandoned the nest and feeding, or maybe thinking the others fledged and he is searching for them. I hope that he will return and help. He was great with the first brood, and was with this brood until the incident. I am supplementing the hunting for the female with a mealworm feeder placed near the nest. So far she hasn’t discovered it but hopefully soon. It will make her time hunting easier. She sits often at the top of the favorite perch tree calling the male. I have heard him, but not seen him. Spartacus has started answering her as well!

Long live Spartacus!

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -.7 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro bags, processed in Lightroom CC.

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