I mentioned in my last post that we had a lovely weekend in store weather-wise last weekend. Indeed it turned out quite sunny and warm for a November New England Veteran’s Day weekend. I did take the dogs for the long walk that I promised them. Before I went out, I stood pondering with my camera: leave the small, lightweight 50mm lens attached or switch to the 55-250mm zoom? I was feeling like keeping the walk as light as possible so I stuck with the 50mm.
And I regretted it when I got out to the meadow part of my walk! The eastern bluebird is a fairly common bird, but it is one that I have never managed to spy or photograph. Lo and behold, what do I see perfectly perched in front of me about 25 yards in the distance but a lovely, male eastern bluebird. I, of course, tried to take pictures, but this was not the job my 50mm lens was made for. Sadly, this very tightly cropped shot was the best I could do:
Can you see him there, perched on top of the pine tree? Slightly blurry and difficult to see, I know.
Today, it turned out, was also sunny and fairly warm. So the dogs and I headed out for another walk. I switched to the 55-250mm lens and wondered what the chances were that I’d again see a bluebird in the meadow. It was around the same time of day as our last walk and same sort of weather conditions so I thought maybe I’d get lucky.
And I did! I saw eastern bluebirds again, but this time they were farther away than 25 yards. My zoom lens couldn’t bring them in as closely as I would have liked, but I think the couple shots I took are a bit sharper. This is the best one that I managed today:
I think this could possibly be a female bluebird; she was shadowed so I’m not 100% positive, but this bird does have a blue tail and those dusky colored spots near the wings:
These bluebirds could almost count as entries in Scott’s newest assignment, I think! I do have another post, however, coming soon with my take on color composition.
May my bluebirds bring you a little happiness today!