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Photographed here in a statuesque pose, the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) was described by naturalist John Burroughs as "the bird that Carrie's the sky on it's back and the earth on its breast." Apt! A thrush, like the American Robin, this Bluebird is a fan of semi-open haunts, where it finds well-placed perches and scans for tasty insects. These unfortunate bugs are flapped down upon and pinned to the ground, where they are consumed before the Bluebird returns to its perch. This is a hunting tactic usually employed by much larger beurds.
This is one of a pair currently hanging out at Beaver Meadow.
Canon 5D IV, 400 ƒ/4 DO IS II, 1.4x TC III at
560mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 1000 at Buffalo Audubon Society