Friday, May 9, 2014

Bluer Than Blue

This indigo bunting is a 1st or 2nd year male in the molting stage. Ornithologists spread the wing feathers out and study them in minute detail, observing colors (or lack thereof) and patterns. It's all too complicated for me, so I will just enjoy them at whatever stage of life they're in. :)


Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday. Sorry I'm a little late.

Wishing a wonderful weekend to you all!!

50 comments:

Andy said...

The colours are striking and so is you photo.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

No matter, I'm right there with you....I enjoy them, whenever I can without studying them, except for their beauty. lol

Indrani said...

Whoa! That is a heart winning blue color! :)

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, "Bluer Than Blue"! I remembered the first time I saw your indigo burning (left striking image in mind) and scrolled down to April 30. Yes, this one looks a little younger and not all bluish. But still has very vivid color and really adorable♡♡♡
Thank you very much for sharing beautiful rare birds for us!

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to dear friend Gail, xoxo Miyako*

Carole M. said...

they're amazing bird and your photographs also..amazing

Roan said...

Beautiful even in the molting stage!

Anvilcloud said...

Looks funny in this stage.

Karen said...

Yep, no matter what stage he's in, he's gorgeous!

R. Mac Wheeler said...

gor-geous!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

He is gorgeous. The blue is so vibrant!

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful!

i got to see a blue grosbeak this week - haven't looked at the photos, yet. seeing this guy, makes me wonder if it wasn't an immature indigo. :) guess i'll examine further when i have time!

Stephanie said...

Wowzers! Do you realize every time I see your stunning pictures I am left speechless with my mouth hanging open! These photos today are incredible, Gail!

Hugs to you!

Irma said...

What a great photos, Gail.
The color is really super.
Greetings Irma

bailey-road.com said...

Fantastic captures. I love his patchy plumage at this stage.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely, lovely indigo bunting!! Have an awesome weekend Gail!!

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots of this little guy!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

It's almost unimaginable what this fellow is going to look like as a mature adult. But, no matter what stage of development you manage to capture, your photos are exquisite.

Melissa said...

Gail you should put together a book of all these different birds. Your photos are really about the best I've seen!

DeniseinVA said...

Awesome photos!!! This is such a pretty little bird, such a darling. Thanks for stopping by and telling me about Hoo Shoo Too Road, what a great name and would love to hear how that got its name. Have a great day Gail :)

cobie en bas van Es said...

wat een kleur en wat staat hij er geweldig mooi op.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Awh, Gail I knew I could count on you!!! I pray in gratitude for my sweet parents all the time. I would have been nothing with out them. {bit of tears here}

Have a fabulous Mother's Day and get Double D to spoil you rotten and where your hot pink pants!!!! LOL

Sure love you so much! ♥. Renae

Ps. Photo of this blue bird is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

hootnonny said...

He is a beautiful bird Gail. Hope you haven't blown away!

Hilary said...

What a beautiful bird.. no matter what its feathers are doing.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a pretty bird!

Paul and I enjoyed the movie - very cute!

Haddock said...

Isn't he really posing for you....

Betty Manousos said...

wow! i'm in awe of your photography, gail! gorgeous shots of a beautiful bird!

happy weekend~

big hugs!

Pantherka said...

It is gorgeous and your photos too.
I wish you a nice weekend.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i guess i have to investigate more ... i am not knowledge about that?? do bird molt yearly or ? what a cutie. love the coloring. we need a few of these in VA. they would color-it-up a bit or so. ( :

Mitzi said...

awe....but he's so B L U E!!! Gorgeous coloring! Wishing you a wonderful weekend & Happy Mother's Day! xoxo

eileeninmd said...

They are pretty birds in any stage! Awesome shots, Gail!

Michelle said...

Brilliant photos!

Debbie said...

Just stunning Gail, what a treat to see so much crisp, up close detail of this beautiful bird!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

He is a beauty in that mottled blue colour.

Stewart M said...

Nice looking little bird - and somehow all the better for being a little less than perfect!

Stewart M

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Gail,
This is great!! So amazing to see these special bird with the wonderful blue colors.
Great how you've photographed him. Well done!!

Best regards,
Marco

Gemma Wiseman said...

This bird is an incredible shade of blue. Love being able to appreciate the colour and pattern from different angles. Grand photos.

mrbennettkent said...

This really is the most remarkable colour. Wonderful photos!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's a lovely bird no matter which stage it's in.

My Unfinished Life said...

wow!!

such a vibrant colored bird and such a lovely capture :)

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schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wonderful photos. So how long did you wait for this fellow to appear?

Amy Burzese said...

Awesome. Your shots are getting more clear and sharp every day, Gail. Wish I could close enough to our bunting. He doesn't come around often.

Barbara Shallue said...

I love the mixed colors. Gorgeous detail! He's so cute!

Evelyn S. said...

As you know, I'm always impressed by your birds of blue! I must tell you that I saw a blue bird (not a bluebird, either) on the seed feeder that none of "my" birds have figured out....I studied it as well as I could, but just couldn't get a good shot of it. However, I got out my trusty bird book and discovered it was a Lazuli Bunting. I don't ever recall seeing one before. It was a male and another male came to the feeder but was chased away by the first. They haven't returned since, but it was so exciting.

Petra said...

You've met a real character, Gail, and your photos are beautiful. :)

It looks as if the blue colour was peeling off its feathers, how enchanting it must be when the molting stage is over. I had a look at its Czech name and read that indigo bunting males designate their territory by a unique song of their own, it's interesting.

Donna said...

such a gorgeous blue!

Helma said...

Gohhhhhhh ...... so beautiful these birds and the beautiful blue color.
my compliments.

Ida said...

These are stunning birds. I would love to see one up close like you were able to.

Raggedy Creations said...

GORGEOUS. Yes I'm shouting Gail.
LOL

Felicia

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes, he is gorgeous no matter how old he is!

catskillblogger said...

What a cool looking bird.