Mountain Bluebird: Sialia currucoides
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado:
I was at the Moraine Campground looking for Mountain Bluebirds to photograph, but was having no luck at all. A Black-billed Magpie flew in looking for a handout so I decided to photograph it, as I had no good photos of magpies in my files. After shooting for a quarter hour I resumed my search for Mountain Bluebirds.
After what seemed to be forever of scanning the hillsides for bluebirds I finally found a female fly-catching from a low hanging branch of a pine tree. Once I saw the female I gathered my equipment and began the stalk. I moved slowly and was able to approach within 20 feet before shooting. Then, I spotted this male hawking insects from a nearby pine branch. Both birds were very approachable and I followed them for over an hour, and eventually the led me to their nest. This is just one of the many bluebird images I shot that day, and I will post a few more in the near future.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4