Blue Grosbeak: Zoom It
Male blue grosbeaks are surprisingly difficult to photograph, it took Gerhard five hours to get just the shots he was looking for even though he had staked out an active nest site. Females are not quite so skittish, perhaps their duller brown plumage affords them more camouflage, and confidence.
To get pictures of these birds, Gerhard used both his car and a portable tent as blinds, inching forward slowly toward a favorite perch whenever the birds would go off to gather food.
Gerhard used a 500mm lens with a 2time Converter plus flash for the photos.
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About This Bird
Blue grosbeaks are found throughout the southeastern United States where they inhabit fields, wood edges, and roadsides. The large bill is primarily used to crack open tough seeds but is also quite useful in subduing large, predatory insects.