Blue, Blue Grosbeaks


Blue Grosbeak  (Passerina caerulea).  One of my favorite blue birds that is not a bluebird.  It is of course, one of the grosbeaks.  The grosbeaks are in the bunting family, and the Blue Grosbeak is a  close relative of the Indigo Bunting.  I have several images in my files, but I don’t think I had ever posted any of them, so I will show you these three.  These birds are plentiful around San Angelo, however, these particular images were captured at the bird viewing area at the Davis Mountains State Park, near Fort Davis, Texas.

I love shooting with my long 500mm lens at large apertures.  I then get that nice blurred bokeh in the background.  I hope you enjoy.  Click an any image to see an enlargement.

Blue Grosbeak 1

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/250 sec. @ f6.3
  • ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance  370mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

Blue Grosbeak 2

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EOS 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/160 sec. @ f6.3
  • ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance 700mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Aperture priorty

Blue Grosbeak 3

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/125 sec. @ f6,3
  • ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance  700mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Aperture priority