Juvenile Mountain Bluebird on the way to Gravelly Range

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Juvenile Mountain Bluebird on a gravel roadJuvenile Mountain Bluebird on a gravel road – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I spent yesterday morning and part of the afternoon traveling the Gravelly Range Road in Montana and it was spectacular and I am so very glad I got to see all of the wondrous scenery that the range has to offer.

I was also delighted to photograph this juvenile Mountain Bluebird on the way to Gravelly Range early in the morning. These were my first images of juvenile Mountain Bluebirds this year and to find one that cooperated was great. The young bluebird had flown down to the ground to capture an insect of some sort, unfortunately I didn’t get an image that showed what the prey was.

There was an adult male Mountain Bluebird nearby which I assume was the parent of this youngster.

Mountain Bluebird juvenile on a large fence postMountain Bluebird juvenile on a large fence post- Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/3200, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

At this age very little of the blue that makes a bluebird a bluebird shows but it won’ be long until this juvenile will be as blue as the Montana sky.

Lupines on Gravelly Range RoadLupines on Gravelly Range Road – HTC One M8 cell phone picture

And speaking of the Montana sky I couldn’t resist posting one image of the views with Lupines that I saw yesterday on the Gravelly Range Road. Elevations of the Gravelly Range Road are from to 7,400 to 9,500 feet and there are open subalpine grasslands and mixed coniferous forests along with stunning views of other mountain ranges including the Centennial, Ruby and Madison ranges.

It was a fantastic day under the bluebird skies of Montana.

Life is good.


Stay tuned for more images from the Gravelly Range Road.


  1. Elephant's Child July 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    What a blissful place. Thank you.

  2. April Olson July 17, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful, what a spectacular trip.

  3. Patty Chadwick July 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Even without their beautiful blue, these baby pictures are obviuosly Bluebirds…curvy, small beaks, how they hold themselves…still wearing camoflage. LOVE the landscape shot with the expanse of bluebird blue lupines and distant mountsins…gourmet soul food!!

  4. Bob McPherson July 17, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful images, Mia. Bluebirds do bring happiness.

  5. Liz Cormack July 17, 2016 at 4:34 am

    What a cute little bird. And what wonderful scenery….wow! Enjoy!

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