Bluebird of Happiness

They may be in the park all year long, probably are, but we always seem to see them more in late fall and winter. Maybe we’re just more appreciative.


Male Bluebird, Griggs Park, SX40


In recent days a fair amount of time has been spent along Griggs Reservoir and the river below the dam trying to verify  if a pair of eagles are building a nest. An occasional eagle has been spotted overhead but no additional work seems to have been done on what appeared to be the start of a nest.


When the eagles refuse to cooperate the camera gets pointed at other things. In some of the shots below, curiosity about the performance limits of my old Canon SX40 got the best of me so I had fun playing around with it. In an effort to improve picture quality I was trying to keep the ISO as low as possible at full zoom by supporting the camera using a tree, my knee, or a hiking stick. Other shots were taken with Panasonic FZ200’s.


Male Kingfisher along the Scioto, SX40


Female Kingfisher along the Scioto River in low light, SX40.


Great Blue Heron along the Scioto River in low light.


Some subjects fascinate when everything else has turned gray/brown, like the still red leaves of what I believe to be Service Berry.


December color.


take 2.


Take 3.


A few of the Blue Bird’s closest friends also made an appearance, some in low light, again taxing the capabilities of the SX40.


Brown Creeper, SX40


Downy Woodpecker, (Donna)


Chickadee, SX40


Carolina Wren, (Donna)


Junco in low light., SX40.


Crow, (Donna)


Gull reflection, SX40.


Happy ducks, (Donna).


Finally, a few modest shots that hopefully speak for themselves.


Poetry in motion, SX40.




Thanks for stopping by

5 Comments on “Bluebird of Happiness

  1. I use a Canon SX40 for everything but macros and so far it has served me well, but I agree that it doesn’t like low light.
    I love bluebirds but never see them. Or maybe I see them and don’t recognize them.
    That’s a nice shot of the hereon!

    • Once you except the fact that you won’t get every picture when relying on a superzoom, there’s a real sense of freedom in being relatively unencumbered when you’re on a long hike.

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