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.
One of our favorite activities on the golf course is noticing the wildlife. We spotted this Eastern Bluebird and baby Bluebird in Panama City. The other day, my ball landed near the woods at Twin Rivers Golf Course. I heard a snort, then out ran mama deer and her baby, less than a foot high. Very cute. She ran a few feet and stopped and looked back at me. After a minute or so, she snorted again and they both ran off, that’s telling me!
A massive bee/bumblebee, a long-horned wasp mimic, honey bees, an Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), an Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), and a Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) were just a few things I photographed while on my walk yesterday (considering I’m posting this at midnight, that is accurate).
It started as a pencil drawing. I scanned it, colorized the scan, added a photo of the sky for the background — printed that, and then drew over it with prismacolors.
Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis); female is the top picture, male is the bottom picture.