Camera Critters - Nestlings

While I was busy in the yard this week, I had several opportunities to check on the blue jay nestlings. And yesterday, when all the work was finally done, I rewarded myself with a photo session.

bluejay nestling photo


There are two young blue jays in this nest. One huddles close to the tree and seems almost shy. The other one looks around, wide-eyed. He frequently stands on the edge of the nest and fluffs himself up. (I say "he" but, of course, they are marked exactly the same. Something about the boldness of this little bird makes me think of it as male.) Perhaps one is a few days older than the other.

blue jay nestling photo by Adrienne in Ohio


One thing is certain: this nest is getting crowded, especially when the mother is sitting in it, too.

bluejay nestling photo by Adrienne Zwart


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Comments

jabblog said…
I love the pugnacious look on the face of the fledgling in the second picture.
Indrani said…
Don't they look cute?!
Great captures!
Reader Wil said…
Lovely Adrienne! How wonderful nature can be!
Sara G said…
Beautiful. I love the hint of blue coming in on their wings!!
Awesome photos!!
Awesome pictures! So sweet.
Cezar and Léia said…
Hello sweetie Adrienne!
Wonderful pictures!
God bless you
purrs and love
Luna(from Brazil) and mommy Léia
Tabib said…
Lovely chicks!, so cute.
Snap said…
Wonderful, wonderful. He looks like he's looking right at you "see me, see me -- I'm a big boy"!!!!!
mountain.mama said…
Hi Adrienne, Thanks for stopping by my blog. My header picture is on a trail that's about a five minute drive from my house in northern UT, the Flume Trail. I have a few posts with pictures about that favorite place of mine.

I like your pictures! I was wondering how you get them to post that large. I clicked the "large" button on the template but they don't come up that big.

Thanks.
Marie Reed said…
Wow! That is the cutest little bluebird ever!
i beati said…
cuties for sure sandy
Brooke said…
I've always thought birds were a difficult subject to shoot photos of. You got some great captures!
Amy said…
Cool shots! Looks like he is looking right at you :)

Thanks for visiting me.
mountain.mama said…
Thanks for the loading tip. I'm not sure I can handle more manipulation of pics right now. We're getting ready for another trip to Wyoming and I want to finish uploading all the Yellowstone pics, but maybe in the future I'll try it with flickr.

I really appreciate you taking the time to explain it to me!
How neat, Adrienne.. We have bluejays also--and they are at the feeders frequently. I don't know where their nest(s) are... We have a wooded lot next to our house--and most of the birds probably nest in it.

Great photos of your jays.
Hugs,
Betsy
b13 said…
I love springtime and spotting babies in their nests :)
Kerri said…
Oh so sweet!!!
fishing guy said…
Adrienne: It won't be long and you will have some new bird visitors, very nice photos.
Quite amazing that you can get so closed to the nest. Great shot. Thanks for visiting our blog. I did not use tripod, it was taken using the nikon 80-400 VR lens. VR did work.
I have never saw a baby Blue Jay before. Such great shots. Glad Mama didn't get you :-)
Shellmo said…
These were so cute! love that baby bluejays beak - makes him look like he's pouting!
theArthurClan said…
They are so cute Adrienne!
Kelly said…
Oh wow!! A fabulous series. I love seeing the baby Blue Jay. I wish I could find a Blue Jay nest in our yard (and get so close!).
Gretchen said…
They're too adorable!
Anonymous said…
Very precious!
Jack and Joann said…
Blue jay babies in Ohio. First time to your blog. You have been busy. Jack and I have been down the gall bladder operation road. Not fun. Where in Ohio are you. I was born in Shelby County Ohio.
Anonymous said…
How nice to be able to get such wonderful shots! The second one made me smile :)
Willard said…
A good series, Adrienne. Looks like they will be leaving the nest soon.
Cindy said…
Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
Janie said…
Great shots of the nest and nestlings! It'll be fun to watch them fledge.
Cindy said…
Hi Adrienne. Thanks for stopping by my blog. As for the program, I use Picnik. You can find it online at http://www.picnik.com/. It's free so try it out. The frame feature is great.
deejbrown said…
Great photos!
I am a first-year volunteer w/NJ Fish & Wildlife & have been monitoring GBHeron rookeries in my county. Last weekend, I witnessed first flights for several, which pretty much brought me to my knees. New life is always amazing, regardless of whose life it is!
That is just as sweet as can be. What a wonderful picture. It evokes all kinds of mommy feelings in me!

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