This time it's not coyote pups, but Mountain Bluebirds. We stumbled upon what happened to be a little bird nursery along Moose-Wilson Road in GTNP. It was an area that the woodpeckers and sap suckers had carved out. All the other birds were using their houses once they were unoccupied. Case in point...these Mountain Bluebirds.
I quickly mounted my Canon 7D with Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens on my Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod with BBH Ballhead and went to work.
There were birds everywhere...bluebirds, woodpeckers, tree swallows, sap suckers, etc...all darting from tree to tree and hole to hole. It was a fantastic piece of nature to watch.
Today I wanted to share some images of the Mountain Bluebirds with you.
This image of the female was taken at 552mm (no cropping in post), F/8, ISO 400 and 1/100th of a second. Since I was mounted to a tripod, I wasn't too worried about my shutter speed being too high. It really would only factor in if the bird was moving. In that case I would raise my ISO up to get a higher shutter speed.
You can see their house directly behind her. They were super quick in and out of there so most shots were them posing outside or sticking their heads out, like below.
The image above was taken at 600mm (again, no cropping), ISO 400, F/8 and 1/80th. Again, since she wasn't moving much and I was on a tripod, shutter speed wasn't a concern like it would be if you were trying to hand hold, or there was a lot of movement. If there was a lot of movement, at 1/80th second, it would just be blurred as fast as these jokers are!
Finally, a shot of the male. He posed for us like this outside the house for quite a while before flying off and returning to pose again multiple times.
I had cranked up my ISO on this shot, probably due to the fact that the birds were flying around and generally just more active at this point. My ISO was 1000. I shot this, again at F/8 with a shutter speed of 1/160th. This was shot at a 600mm focal length (again, full frame, no cropping). All of these images were shot in Aperture Priority, as well.
It was a real treat to watch and photograph these bluebirds!