Little Mrs. Bluebird

Taking a break today from Florida Birds and moving to my backyard birds.

This is an image of one of the female bluebirds that frequents my backyard.  I am fortunate enough to have several of them hanging around this winter.

I have changed the setup of the backyard birding area a bit this year.  Instead of having twigs and branches for "bird on a stick" type shots, I've basically "planted" a couple of dead logs in the ground near the feeders.  These logs act as a go between among the feeders and bluebird house.  I've also drilled a few holes into the logs and added different types of food and suet where I want the birds to land for photographs.  Then I sit inside a hunting blind that I've setup right at about the minimum focusing distance for my lens and wait for the birds.

On this trip, the female bluebird was just taking a break, or maybe waiting her turn at the next feeder...either way, she hung out on the top of this log for several minutes giving me several opportunities to make images.

ISO 640, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/320th second

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This image was made with my Sony A77 II and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  I also utilized a gimbal head here, the Sirui PH-20 Gimbal.  It really helps to move from bird to bird in the backyard very quickly.