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The mother bluebird in the middle is flanked by two of her babies from her last brood of the summer. This little female is such a valiant mother; she has her “good side” pointing toward the camera, so she looks beautiful and sprightly, but if she were to turn facing the other direction, her disability would show. Sometime during the summer she lost her left eye, but that didn’t stop her one bit. She continued to hunt for bugs and feed her babies, and as you can see, she’s still around making the best of her situation in life. I am so inspired by the disabled birds I see at my feeders, how they carry on no matter what afflicts them. We can all learn a lot from their courage and perseverance.

It’s hard for me to get the mother with her young all at the same time, so I took three photos, one of the mother and one each of the fledglings and blended them together for this family portrait.

Here is a photo of Mother Bluebird from her blind side

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bluebird, bluebirds, sialia silais, bluebird trio, mother bluebird and babies, eastern bluebirds, eastern bluebird family, female bluebird and young

Comments

  • bioman
    biomanover 4 years ago
    your work is always top-notched, and this is no exception! beautiful work Bonnie!
  • Thanks so much, John, and so good to be hearing from you again. I’m glad The Bird Man has returned!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    wonderful job. Love the story and what a wonderful mother. You are right, we all need to learn from others. Beautiful creation. Excellent.

  • Thanks so much; I appreciate your kind response.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful story Bonnie and the image is priceless!

  • Thanks, Joni; these bluebirds are truly my little neighbors. We know each other pretty well!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    I can’t see the joins!!!
    Very skilled work, Bonnie, and a delight as always.
    jxx

  • Thanks, Jesika! I was happy to get my little bluebird family all in one image!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Flawless Bonnie. Fabulous image. The soft pastels are so becoming. A fave.

  • Thanks, Lyn; what a kind response!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    How wonderful!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Lorilee.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Aurora Pintore
    Aurora Pintoreover 4 years ago

    EXCELLENT PICTURE BONNIE

  • Thanks so much, Aurora. I love your name which means Dawn, doesn’t it?

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    STUNNING!!!!!!!!!! You have done this perfectly!!! I am sure the mother would love to hang one of these family shots in her nest! Excellent photograph

  • Thanks so much, Sandra. I enjoy watching the babies who come to the bird bath every afternoon precisely at 2 p.m.!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    Don’t they take after their mum??!!! ;o))))) Lovely composite of such gorgeous little birdies Bonnie! The blending is perfect!

  • They do look like their mother. They still have faint speckled areas on their bellies, but they are really filling out now with their true colors. So cute! Thanks for the kind response.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • cdudak
    cdudakover 4 years ago

    Bonnie this is a beautiful shot of these bluebird,s.

  • Thank you for leaving a kind word!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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