My first Mountain Bluebird… with photos!


As some of you may already know, last month I saw my very first Mountain Bluebird (Merlebleu azuré / Sialia currucoides)… on a beach! It is a fairly common bird in British Columbia’s interior, but is rather unusual on the coast.

I first spotted this male at Locarno Beach in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 21. As it ends up, he stuck around for several weeks, probably because he seemed pleased by the amount of insects he could catch on the various perches available to him. And as luck would have it, on this very first occasion, I was able to get some good shots and got some even better shots a few days later. Stay tuned, because I will post a couple of these in a few days.

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (top and bottom: ISO 3200, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1600). Not baited, called in or set up.




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