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Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting from Chincoteague NWR

 
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May 24, 2016 06:43 |  #1

Saw these bright blue birds within a couple hundred yards of each other while riding a bike around the Wildllife Loop on Chincoteague last week. The Blue Grosbeak is a new species for me, and might well have overlooked the difference between it and the Indigo Bunting except for a conversation with another photographer who clued me in as a result of information she'd gotten from a serious birder.

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May 24, 2016 07:33 |  #2

Great shots of a couple of striking species; well done.


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May 24, 2016 15:42 |  #3

Absolutely beautiful! And nicely captured.


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May 24, 2016 16:33 |  #4

Both are beauties


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May 24, 2016 16:34 |  #5

Wow,

Two stunning species, beautifully captured.

Thanks for sharing

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May 24, 2016 17:42 |  #6

Beautiful captures John


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May 24, 2016 17:52 |  #7

Very nice!


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May 24, 2016 20:16 |  #8

Thanks everyone for the comments and "likes"! I have seen indigo buntings before, but had never had the chance to photograph them. The blue grosbeak I'd never even heard of (most of my time is spent in upstate NY and New England or Canada, range maps show it as a more southern species), so that is an addition to my life list.

In case anyone is curious about the EXIF data for the blue grosbeak - I did not consciously choose to shoot at 1/200. I had the camera set in manual with auto ISO and the dial must have gotten jostled as the camera rode in a daypack while I was riding the bike. After shooting the grosbeak, I noticed the shutter speed was way low (I like 1/1500 and ISO 400 for walking around settings) and made the adjustment for the next bird (which happened to be a snowy egret fishing in a little creek, then the buntings were just a little ways past that. John


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May 24, 2016 21:42 |  #9

Two very nice shots.


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May 25, 2016 02:01 |  #10

Well done.


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May 25, 2016 04:51 |  #11

The Bunting is such a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing.


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May 26, 2016 18:40 |  #12

kd_reno wrote in post #18018058 (external link)
Two very nice shots.


Red Dexs wrote in post #18018299 (external link)
Well done.


lonerider519 wrote in post #18018382 (external link)
The Bunting is such a beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Ken, Red, and Lonerider for looking and commenting! John


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May 28, 2016 10:11 |  #13

I recently had the same experience while out looking for Buntings. I was happily shooting Indigo Buntings and then didn't realize until I got home that one of the birds I got was actually a Blue Grosbeak. They are very closely related and are in the same Genus, so its pretty easy to mistake them from afar. But, once you get up close (or see your photos later) its pretty easy to tell that they ain't the same thing. :)


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May 28, 2016 14:47 |  #14

Brilliant shots John, thank you for sharing them...




  
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