Sometimes you land a big one . . . by Bonnie T.  Barry

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I took this photo of a male Eastern bluebird with a skink in its bill several years ago. Originally, it was a landscape shot which cut too close to the top of the bird’s head so I reworked it into portrait mode, changed the background, and added the dry brush filter to give it a different look from the original. So, for those of you who have seen “Bluebird with Skink,” here’s another version of the same shot. Regardless of which version you prefer, you’ve got to give this little bird credit for landing a big one! He astounded me with the catch when he lit on the bluebird box with THIS in his beak for the babies’ lunch, his lunch, or both! What a hunter!

The Eastern bluebird, once endangered, has made a dramatic comeback through the installation of bluebird houses along bluebird trails. These lovely little creatures are cavity nesters whose existence was threatened with the loss of trees through land clearing for development. Today, the bluebird is thriving thanks to the many boxes that have been placed through both private and public endeavors. I have had the pleasure of having these birds inhabit my property for well over ten years now; I look forward to many more years of their neighborly presence.


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    HELUAover 5 years ago

    What a fantastic capture, Bonnie ! Simply beautiful and perfect !!!!

  • Thanks so much; I appreciate your comments and encouragement.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937over 5 years ago

    MAGNIFICENT ………………!!!!!! Bonnie this is a sure winner……. love it!

  • Thanks, Glenda! I appreciate your words of encouragement.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • John Absher
    John Absherover 5 years ago

    I know I remember this little “skinker” (LOL!!) from a previous lifetime. I believe I have seen a few variations on this shot, have I not??

    In any event, your blue bird shots have always been the best Bonnie … and this one is no exception!

  • I have been meaning to give this little guy some “head room” as the original shot and the one other variation were just about clipping his noggin. I finally got around to switching from landscape to portrait mode and I much prefer the extra space at the top. Promise I won’t bring him out again. Just the same, thanks for commenting.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Adam Bykowski
    Adam Bykowskiover 5 years ago

    Amazing shot. Just amazing.

  • Thank you, Adam; I thought the hunting ability was astounding; I didn’t know bluebirds could land such a catch!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • kimbeaux1969
    kimbeaux1969over 5 years ago

    wow, great shot. Poor little lizard thing.
    beautiful bird and capture.

  • Unfortunately, the poor skink did get the raw end of the deal! Thank you for looking at the photo and leaving a kind word.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutover 5 years ago

    WOW! this is just the perfect moment.
    Would make a great dinner invitation card… a twist of humor.
    You Are Invited For Dinner Saturday Night…

  • Maria, you have the best sense of humor. That would be a very different kind of dinner invitation, one my quirky son would probably love to send. Thanks for viewing the photo and leaving a kind word.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • emele
    emeleover 5 years ago

    That is an amazing shot!

  • I’m glad you like it; I thought it was a great way to emphasize the amazing ability hunting ability of a small songbird.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautover 5 years ago

    So exquisite in every way. It is a fantatic moment you caught but I am especially taken with the eye of the bird. Gorgeous composition………..uh oh, I hear the Audubon Soc calling you!

  • Thanks, Carolyn. You always say the most encouraging things. I appreciate your kindness and support.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • John Absher
    John Absherover 5 years ago

    Reading your response Bonnie, hope you didn’t misunderstand the intent of my comment about having seen some variations of this guy before … nothing wrong with creativity and trying various presentations … especially with as outstanding and unique a shot as this one. This is one of the kinds of shots I expect to see in one of those cool nature slide shows that circulate the internet and come through my mailbox from time to time. I would get as much mileage as possible out a shot like this!!

  • No problem, John! I always appreciate your point of view. Thanks for taking the time to leave kind words as always.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 5 years ago

    excellent capture!

  • Thanks! I appreciate the supportive words and the time it took to view the photo and write an encouraging message.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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