Flying blue


This is the first of two postings on the Mountain Bluebird. It concerns the birds in flight. The second concerns what they are eating.

If you enter the name, Mountain Bluebird in an image search, such as, and look at the images that result, almost all of them are of the bird perched. There are nearly none of them flying although these birds spend about half their time flying as they hunt for food and they spread their wings while flying. 

So, my daughter, Cynthia, and I tried to get them flying and soon found ourselves waist deep in images. These are a few of them.

First is a picture of them perched to show the difference between the male (left) and female (right).  The male is blue with a little bit of white on the belly, while the female is better camouflaged, but does show some blue during flight.

The female in flight does reveal some blue.

Also the female in flight. Photo by Cynthia Fraser.

But the male shows much more blue. Photo by Cynthia Fraser.

In fact it is difficult to find the shot with the white.

There is a hint of white here.

Ah, there is some white.

There are more flight shots in the next posting about food.


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10 Responses to Flying blue

  1. Herr Dr. Vane says:

    It is interesting to see the unusual white of the posterior vane on the primaries as they are fanned out and distinguished from the blue coverts.

  2. Chris says:


  3. Sarah says:

    You’ve taken Bluebird photography to a new height! These are wonderful to look at, thanks.

  4. Allan Hobden says:

    Beautiful! …thank you for these shots you two!

  5. Karen Pidcock says:

    The spread of wing feathers in the female I really enjoy!

  6. Erik McDonough says:


  7. Lorna Surina says:

    Thank you. These are stunning!

  8. Gail Frampton says:

    Absolutely beautiful shots from you and Cynthia. thanks for sharing!

  9. Trevor Goward says:

    “The bluebird carries the sky on its back”. H.D. Thoreau

  10. Gail says:

    Those are awesome shots Nice meeting you two today

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