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During July, I fish my favorite trout stream early in the morning before the horse flies start taking chunks out of me. Since I now have the poor man's birding lens (400 5.6, used with my T2i), I took the opportunity today (after fishing, of course) to capture some feeding behavior of the mountain bluebirds in the area. A local rancher has installed dozens of bluebird boxes by the river road, making for a delightful bluebird neighborhood. The salmon flies (Pteronarcys californica, a very large insect that the trout love) have been hatching the past week or so, making for an exciting part of the fishing season. Even though I didn't see any salmon flies moving over the water while fishing this morning, there were still enough of the big bugs in the willow branches to allow the bluebirds to take some back to the nesting boxes for the young ones. Hope you enjoy!
Note: the bluebirds really go to town feeding around midday, so the sun is very bright. Any hints on improving my post processing (I use LR3) to deal with this are most welcome.
Yum! - a fresh salmon fly for the kids.
Come and get it!
Mom's turn to feed 'em!
Parents are busy the world over!
Edited on Jul 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM · View previous versions