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This heavily molting male Indigo Bunting landed in a tree in the front yard today 9/30; I just happened to have a Canon 1DS Mark III with a 300 f/2.8 IS with me:

 

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The tree I am speaking of is OLD and large Red Mulberry and has a good bunch of squaw-wood (dead wood) at the bottom. Next to it, is a young Black Locust and a very large dead Elm. When the mulberries ripen in May. Some years earlier than others. I was astounded how may species of birds come to eat the fruit on this tree.

I spent an entire morning in May in a camp shirt and dark green hat on, about 40-50 feet from this Mulberry Tree with a hand-held Canon 50D with a Canon EF400L f/5.6 Lens snapping photos left and right on this amazing tree’s visitors.

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Indigo Buntings have actually been around here a couple of weeks but I have not taken the time to photograph them with all the wood warbler activity recently. This is the iridescent  bright indigo-blue almost aqua at times bird that many people think are bluebirds. They are not. They are buntings and Bluebirds (bigger and with a orangey buff breast), are in the Thrush Family.

 

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Right next to the entrance gate to my place this Indigo Bunting as staked out his territory. He is singing from dawn to dusk – despite the lousy weather. He is cold and wet and probably wishes he did not migrate north. This weeks promises more below normal temperatures and more wet weather:

Taken with a Canon 7D and a 400mm Canon 400 DO IS Lens at f /5.6:

 

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I had my camera while I was digging fence post holes with a friend; and there he was the first Indigo Bunting of 2013 (taken with a Canon 50D and 400mm f/5.6 L:

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