Backyard Bluebirds

So, a few weeks ago the bluebirds that were nesting in the backyard all fledged.  Unfortunately, I was so busy during that time, that I missed the event.  I did manage to photograph the parents for a few weeks prior  and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.

The first image below is shortly after the eggs had hatched.  This is mom bringing in a treat!

ISO 800, 300mm, F/5.6 @ 1/1600th second

Here is dad bringing in some kind of nasty worm.  Here he's hitting the brakes so he can stick the landing.

ISO 3200, 300mm, F/5.6 @ 1/1600th second

Here is dad coming in with a cricket.  He hasn't deployed the brakes yet, which makes me wonder how they ever stop in time.

ISO 1250, 280mm, F/5.6 @ 1/1600th second

If you hover over these images you can see the settings used.  You will notice a few similarities.  In fact, the shutter speed was the same for each image.  I needed a fast shutter speed to freeze these fast lil turds.  Depending upon my light, I had to raise the ISO higher sometimes to attain that fast shutter speed.

All of these images were made with my Sony A77ii and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.