Mountain Bluebird female – Hopping into Monday

Mountain Bluebird femaleMountain Bluebird female – Nikon D7100, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 357mm, natural light

Some times when I am photographing I capture my subjects in funny poses and I think I did exactly that with this female Mountain Bluebird. If I didn’t know what happened in the frames I shot after this one I might wonder what the bluebird is doing. Is she landing? Using the fencepost as a trampoline?

She is just lifting off from the fencepost and in this frame her wings had not opened yet.

I photographed her last week in the Centennial Valley of Montana. Some of the bluebirds there are renesting now because they lost their first broods to a late cold snap & snow.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Jane Chesebrough

    So cute-fun to capture these moments. I thought she was listening to an aerobics CD and “bustin’ the moves”..

  2. She does look determined, and focussed. I really, really hope the second nesting is successful. Wonderful image – and I am indeed smiling broadly. Thank you.

  3. Hop! Nice picture :)

  4. How interesting. I just assumed the wings were the first step in lifting off. I learn so much from your blog!

  5. Carroll Tarvin

    She looks vey determined. Good catch.

  6. Love it Mia! Put a smile on my face!

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