Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Indigo Bunting/Wild Bird

 Male indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)

I wanted this indigo bunting to move in closer (I cropped this photo way more than I really would have liked), but he preferred to sit and sing from his high-up perch. Isn't he handsome in his  brilliant blue breeding plumage?

Stopping for a moment between songs

This one lives on the edge of a local forest where his mostly brown mate has likely built a nest in shrubbery about a metre above ground.  I must go back to see if I can find it.

Since indigo buntings eat flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers and aphids, they would certainly be welcomed visitors in my yard!

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

50 comments:

Terri said...

Oh he's very pretty..such a deep, deep blue.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are beautiful bird, we do not get them here :-(

Photographing fireworks is very easy. Have fun!

1) tripod,
2) manual focus near infinity
3) medium aperture f8-122
4) bulb exposure - this opens the shutter the first time you press the shutter button, closed it the second time.

If you have a remote shutter release, you can sit in a chair and enjoy the show while you press the button.

Pamela Gordon said...

He is gorgeous! A friend of mine had one at her feeder early this spring. I've never seen one here and she lives only 20 minutes away. I'd love to capture one with my eyes and camera!

Lisa Gordon said...

OMGoodness, what a beauty he is!

Maggid said...

Brilliant Blue . . I wonder if he has any idea how Gorgeous he looks??? bet he just knows Life is Grand.

Thanks for the view.
-g-

Lowell said...

I'll bet he sings the "blues"! He is, although small, quite majestic! Sure wish I could get nice bird photos like this! But I suppose I'd have to go outside, right? Darn.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

We have only seen one once in our garden ... lovely bird.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful shade of blue!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful blue bird.
This is not in the Netherlands.
Regards, Irma

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

amazing color!! wow! ( :

Birdman said...

Now, that's a simple beauty. My yard too...

jabblog said...

He is stunning. Hope he comes to your house . . .

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Colourful little fella EG.. I always think its a wee bit unfair that the males are so pretty and the females are ..well, brown :)

Jill said...

Love that deep, rich blue!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

WOW! What a beauty! I'd love to see him in my yard one day!

Judy said...

I bet this bird looks like a brilliant jewel flying across the sky!

TexWisGirl said...

he's gorgeous! your shots are GREAT!

Karen said...

Terrific shots! He is beautiful. I am still on the lookout for these birds!

Sandra said...

send me a couple please, the bugs are on my last nerve and we have 4 more months of them.. brilliant blue and beautiful..

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Look at that beautiful blue!! So pretty. He'd certainly give my Bluebirds a run for their money in a beauty contest!

Carol L McKenna said...

Divine photography of a magnificent gift from nature ~ happy day ^_^

RedPat said...

These are such incredibly blue birds!

Snowcatcher said...

I thought I'd seen the bluest of birds, but now I see there's one that's bluer! What a treat!

Janie said...

He is indeed handsome. Beautiful photo of him!

LONDONLULU said...

The most brilliant blue! He'd be a welcome visitor here too, we're way too buggy in summers:)

eileeninmd said...

They are pretty birds, great sighting and photos. Happy Birding!

mick said...

Beautiful color on the Bunting and great photos.

Buttons said...

OH the colour is incredible as well as the photos. B

Carletta said...

I wish they could visit me. Such a vibrant color.
Lovely shots and I really like the background color in the first!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love that blue.

Randy said...

So colorful.

Esther Joy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those little birds! One visited me regularly for a couple of years, but I haven't had any lately. Glad you got to enjoy this one!

Saun said...

OMG you are so lucky. Great shots

Rebecca said...

One of my favorites! Such a beautiful blue :)

Indrani said...

A bird of my fav. color!
Great shots!

llandudnopictures said...

What a beauty, amazing colour!

prairiebirder said...

He certainly is handsome!

Cezar and Léia said...

So adorable bird and you got beautiful portraits!
Léia

Betty Manousos said...

love, love love that rich, deep blue!
awesome captures, too.
:))

Arija said...

Such a vivid and iridescent blue! Incredible colour indeed.

Taken For Granted said...

Spectacular. This is a bird I've always wanted to see, but never have.

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's beautiful! The colour is amazing.

Gary said...

He is such a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

grammie g said...

The color of these birds are just amazing, and your shots are fine!!
We do have them here, but not a very populated bird, some people see them on occasion, but of course not me : (
Grace
Hope you get another opportunity!!

Pat Tillett said...

So pretty! Love the photos also...

Brian King said...

What a gorgeous bird! Great photos!

Neil said...

Beautiful blue.

Debra @ Homespun said...

Beautiful ! I don't think I've ever seen one ( live )

Sue said...

That vivid blue is so appealing!

=)

Rose said...

He is just so beautiful...

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