Eastern Bluebird With Caterpillar

By | June 24, 2019

I photographed this Eastern Bluebird with a Caterpillar in my yard here in Arkansas. I wrote a blog post on June 15th stating that I was thinking about replacing a nesting box that I have for the Bluebirds. I was also going to face it in a different direction. You can go to this post and read about my nesting box setup – Eastern Bluebird At Nest Box Entrance.

Eastern Bluebird with Caterpillar
An Eastern Bluebird with a Caterpillar for its young.

I went out to this nesting box and discovered that it had Bluebird babies. I didn’t notice that they had built a new nest and already had the young hatched. My pickup was nearby and I use it to photograph from since it seems to not bother them. I went and got my camera and it didn’t take long before this male showed up with a caterpillar to feed the young. The baby Bluebirds are still small and the adult birds have to go inside to feed them. Soon the young birds will be sticking their heads out of the nesting box to get food.

Here is a link to my setup for photographing the Eastern Bluebirds in my Yard: My Eastern Bluebird Photography Setup

Here is another post I made with an Eastern Bluebird with food for its young: Eastern Bluebird With Large Spider

I also read that these boxes should be light in color and placed it in a shady place. Dark colored houses can get too hot in the sun. Mine is getting dark with age but I do have it under a cedar tree for shade.

How I Got The Shot

As I mention above, I have my pickup parked near this nesting box so I am able to photograph these birds from inside my pickup.

I had my Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I have the camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/140 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. White Balance on auto.

Eastern Bluebird Facts

  • Eggs are pale blue.
  • Nests consist of grass, needles of pine, fur, and twigs.
  • The Bluebirds will use the bluebird house during the winter to stay warm.
  • The bluebird is the official bird of Missouri and New York.
  • Eastern Bluebird populations have rebounded through the widespread installation of nest boxes.


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