Seeing Mountain Bluebirds always brings a smile to my lips so when I saw a family of them yesterday in Summit County I couldn’t help but smile at their awesome blueness. The bluebird family was foraging along a dirt road and they moved from small trees to aspens to the tops of sagebrush. The birds were a bit difficult to keep up with and I wanted to photograph them while they were on open perches and after several missed attempts I was able to photograph this male in all of his bright blue glory on top of a wild fruit tree. Maybe it is a crab apple, I am not sure.
Later I photographed a juvenile Mountain Bluebird even though I didn’t much care for the messy setting of twigs criss-crossing through the frame when an adult male flew in with a cricket to feed his young. The young Mountain Bluebird turned and snatched the cricket from the male quickly before any of its siblings could reach the branches. The light angle wasn’t the best for this photo but I liked the interaction between the two bluebirds and the behavior shown in the frame. Male Mountain Bluebirds are great providers for their young.
Life is good.