Today is day 14 since the bluebird babies hatched. I can no longer monitor the house. If I open the door they could fledge too soon. So I sit back and watch. The parents tell me what is going on by their actions. They have backed off on feeding as much. They are getting ready for the babies to fledge in the next couple of days.
Last year I was watching the bluebirds in my backyard house. Just as I am now. I was walking around in my yard with my Canon PowerShot (small camera). I happened to look up in one of my pine trees and there was a bluebird baby. I did not know he had flown from the nest. It happens so quickly. But there he was camouflaged very well. And he was very still. I slowly walked closer and got a photo of him before he flew away.
It is a challenge to get a photo of these babies once they leave the nest. The parents keep a close eye on them for several weeks. They feed them and continue to protect them. You can see his spots if you look closely. That is how you can tell he is a baby. As he grows the spots will fade away. So much to learn in nature.
Thank you all for allowing me to share my bluebirds of happiness.
Yesteday’s update in case you missed it: Feeding Babies
You might have to invest in an outdoor WiCam! Mine lets me snap stills from my smart phone. That is an amazing close-up to have taken by hand. I can just see you tip-toeing around the yard with your PowerShot in hand.
I had a camera connected one year but it was a lot of trouble but I would like to try it again. YEs I just posted another of the latest fledgling. It was taken with my Nikon. And I was in dangerous territory. 🙂
This is what happened when I tried to sneak up on the wild turkeys with camera in hand. I had to run!
I can’t believe it’s that time already. Great shot once again!
Almost, this was from last year. Today is day 16, any day now! I am glued to the window. 🙂
Nice post! Nice shot!
Thank you Georgi for the comment. 🙂
Lovely shot, the bird surely has an eye on you. They learn fast.
Thanks, yes that is their survival skills naturally taking over. Amazing.
It sound natural and I love nature
It is very natural, in my backyard, thanks!
Nice new profile pic by the way. 🙂
Yes Its me , Thank you – I am planning to have all virilian contact under one account or we should have whats app group as well. what do you say ?
That sounds like a plan, not sure what you mean by whats app group.
I love seeing and the tweeting sound of birds in the countryside. c”,)
I too am a bird lover, as you can tell!
I do feel the passion, my friend. c”,)
Dunno why spots are considered such great camouflage- you’d think they just create a pattern
The spots are just a part of the maturity level with the babies. They will gradually disappear. In this photo I think they help him but not always.
I know a ton of infants all across the kingdom that have spots before maturity but I figure any sort of pattern is dangerous some of the time…
Yes it can be, depending on the background. This tree also has spots, so he blended very well.
I suppose that if the infant remains in that one place where the camouflage is effective and doesn’t stray until they molt into an adolescent coat this might work, but I’ve seen camouflage fail and it isn’t pretty…
I guess the answer is they do all they can do, and that is all they can do. But they will not stay in one place. I just hope they all survive when they leave.
Wow, it’s fun watching these birds and reading about them!!
Thanks so much for sharing with us!!
Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂
Thank you for sharing these special event with all of us. it is all about the miracles of life.
This was from last year, as stated in the post, but still waiting for this year’s babies to emerge.
It looks very fascinating and special, especially by understanding that it is a baby bluebird, although the blue is not visible this time.
This one has a little blue on its tail, probably a female. The males have lots of blue. Also, the stage this baby is at in the photo, she has more spots than anything but that will turn to blue.
Aww that’s lovely. It is such a blessing to see these little babies grow into birds. It’s so cute.
Thanks. I hope the ones in the box now will fly while I am watching.. 🙂
Ohh this creature looks so cute! Very good post!
Thanks Elena, I hope to get the babies this year when they fledge.