Under Mom’s Watchful Eyes

Under Mom’s watchful eyes.
 
My Eastern Bluebirds have been busy with their first brood and it won’t be long before they fledge and leave the nest. There are times I look out the window and see Dad on his perch either on a branch or on a post, but Mom’s favorite perch to watch and listen is a post I placed about 8 feet from the nestbox. She watches and listens for “peeps” then either somehow signals Dad or goes and gets an insect. The males are brighter in color but I love the muted softer colors of the females just as much. Many songbirds like the Eastern Bluebird will have brightly colored males, but muted colors on the females. It is a defense mechanism that allows the female to blend in when she is sitting on the nest, thus keeping the nest safe from some predator’s vision. I like to think of it as functional beauty as well.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed 1/80th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC, #WithMyTamron, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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