I'll try to catch you up to speed as to what is going on in the world of Blondie and Dagwood. I've been keeping a close watch on their nest. The earliest I documented eggs in the nest was on April 2. Then I noticed two eggs in the nest. Well, those eggs are still there...not hatched. Since then they have laid three more eggs, but I wasn't able to document at what time they showed up. I am pretty sure the first two eggs are no good, based on all the information I have read. Typically bluebird eggs hatch between 12-14 days after they are laid. The first two have been in there for over a month. I have hope that the last three are still good. The bluebirds have been spending a lot of time with the eggs in the last few weeks, so I am holding out hope that the birds know better than I that at least some of those eggs are still good. I'd like to see Blondie and Dagwood be successful parents.
On another note, they have been eating their tails off. Mostly Dagwood at the feeders. He usually grabs food and takes to the nest to Blondie. She has been spending a lot of time in the nest box, which is why I am still holding out hope for a few of the eggs.
I've been putting out live meal worms for them over the last few weeks, too. I usually just put them in one of the "holes" on the tree and as soon as Dagwood finds them, it's on like Donkey Kong.
Aperture Priority, F/6.3, ISO 2000, 1/1000th second, Exposure Compensation +0.7, 330mm
In the above image you can see Dagwood digging for worms. I have placed a handful of live mealworms in the hollow cavity of this posing tree so he can find them. He's got his head in that hollow area in this image digging them out. Then when he does find them it allows for photographs like you see below.
Aperture Priority, F/6.3, ISO 1600, 1/1000th second, Exposure Compensation +0.7, 330mm
This is just one of the things I do to capture images of these birds in a more natural environment.
Both images were made using my Sony A6300, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tamron 150-600mm Lens. Of course I used my Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head, too.