Raising Spartacus

Raising Spartacus.

I am really impressed with the adult Eastern Bluebirds. They will stand guard outside of the house or in a nearby tree all day it seems watching over Spartacus. The male is there often but he still spends time with the first brood. I will see him and them in the trees on occasion. Mom will often sit on the fence in front of the house and just stare at the house. We don’t over do it on the mealworms and the adults still go off and hunt for insects. We put a few out a couple times each day to just relieve some of the pressure and stress. Spartacus is doing great, growing longer feathers every day. I am pretty cautious as to opening the house at this stage of development, even though he is comfortable with me, I don’t want additional stress on him. He still answers me if I talk outside the house. I hope that this fall and winter I can capture images of him and his siblings in the yard.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes you have offered while we document Spartacus’ life. I have had many questions about doing a children’s book. Evelyn is the brains of this operation and she thinks we should as well. I am considering it. Maybe with the profits going to build more bluebird houses to donate to some parks or trails.

Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D7200, Aperture Priority, f8, -0 stops of exposure compensation, ISO 1600, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, Sirui P204S monopod and L10 head, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro bag, processed in Lightroom CC.

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