Indigo Bunting Ready For Take Off by John Absher


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Taken at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville, Illinois (US) with a Canon 7D DSLR and 100-400 mm Lens.

A brilliantly blue bird of old fields and roadsides, the Indigo Bunting is a small songbird with a short, thick bill. The male is a brilliant dark blue. The female is a dull brown.

Though the Indigo Bunting appears blue to the human eye, they are actually a black bird. Their feathers, however, diffract light in such a way that they appear to be blue. In the wild these beautiful creatures live from four to eleven years. They are very small, only about 5 ½ inches in length.

The male Indigo bunting has a beautiful song, which he uses to attract females. The songs are unique to the territory a bunting calls its own. It learns the song from an older male bunting. Buntings return to the same area each year.

The Indigo Bunting migrates south as far as 2,000 miles to South America, Mexico, and the West Indies between August and October. They travel in large flocks at night using the stars for navigation.


  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 2 years ago

    That ‘blue’ couldn’t be any bluer. Great shot.

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 2 years ago

    An award-winning image, John! SUPERB in every way. LOVE THIS!

  • Hannah Fenton-Williams
    Hannah Fenton-...over 2 years ago

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    Beautiful work John

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    WOWZER . . . this is GORGEOUS!!!

  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    great shot, John :)

  • hummingbirds
    hummingbirdsover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!!

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 2 years ago

    WOW! What a bird & what a capture John! I very much liked your fascinating narrative to :) Tai

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

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