My camera/binocular harness arrived!

Its gorgeous and looks like it will work beautifully! The only potential problem is that the clips connecting the binoculars are really shiny (might spook birds), but I don’t think it’ll be a problem.

I’m planning on testing it tomorrow after class to see how it works in a real field situation.

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Ontogenic sequence of eastern bluebirds, Sialia sialis, from hatching to fledging. These beautiful songbirds nest in my yard every spring, and this year I wanted to record the process by taking a photograph every day as they grew. Bluebirds are very tolerant of humans, but even so I was careful to not disturb them, and since we have a slotted box (rather than a circular opening box), it was easy to slip my phone in and check up on them unobtrusively. 

It is truly fascinating to watch, on a daily basis, the ability of nature to convert insects and worms so elegantly into feathers, bone and flesh.

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