A flash of bright blue claims my attention, even though I know I’m not supposed to use colour as my first identifier for birds. Something about it varying too much through the year (or by age or gender) to be a reliable identifier. But how can I not notice this blue? Wow.
- Having gone to photograph sculptures and flowers, I don’t have the right lens with me nor am I ready with the right settings even with a sub-optimal lens
- Having gone to explore the entire garden, I don’t have time to wait for the other chance or, umm, 20 that it would likely take
So when it momentarily does stop flitting, I settle for an identification shot of what is a life bird for me.
Until last month, I’d never seen any of the three North American species of bluebirds: Eastern bluebird, Western bluebird, Mountain bluebird. Now, of course, I want to see them all, and in better conditions, with the right lens and the right camera settings.
In the meantime, to celebrate this versatile and oh-so-blue bird, here are a few bluebird-ish songs in a variety of genres.