We put out a daily ration of mealworms for the Bluebirds when they’re feeding babies with the idea that if they need supplemental feeding in the winter, they’ll know to come to the dish. It paid off last winter when we had snow on the ground for a week which limited their normal sources of food.
I put a perch on the ground and laid down with the camera a dozen feet away. My wife set the mealworm bowl immediately in front of the perch and in seconds the male landed on it, paused a few seconds and went into the bowl. I don’t think it took him 30 seconds to empty the bowl and transfer the contents to the youngsters.
This guy’s plumage was thoroughly soaked from foraging in the wet grasses this morning.
I underexposed this image and had to bring it up significantly in post processing. Does it still look reasonable?
7DII, Sigma 150-600 C @ 451 mm, hand held prone on the ground, f/8, 1/500, iso 2000, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. Cropped from the right and added canvas on the left, full height. Taken this morning at 7:16 am under very cloudy skies.