Monday, June 22, 2009

Life goes on...


Fathers Day pose..

I can do this!


This seems to be all that is left from 5 eggs..

Still no sign of Camille. I knew Ollie was feeding fledglings, but I had only seen one since my tripand Camille's disappearance, but Friday two beautiful babies came to the porch. A couple of times an adult female has come, but Ollie drives her away. She sat for a long time in the bird tree, just looking - This is the second time Ollie has lost his mate (the first time, house sparrows trapped her in the box and killed her). That time he was showing his "real estate" to another female within a couple of hours.

22 comments:

fishing guy said...

Helen: Wonderful photos of the Bluebirds.

JKoenig said...

Outstanding pictures! I wish I had blue birds once again.

Eve said...

With your help I know Ollie will come through. Good luck to him.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great captures of some intimate moments between parent and child.
Blessings,Ruth

Roses and Lilacs said...

Nature is frequently so very sad. In spite of the help we try to give them bad things happen to them all sooner or later. I'm glad at least the two survived.
Marnie

Tutta la Storia said...

Oh my dear--that is just tragic. Poor Camille. Wonderful photos, though. I have downy woodpecker fledglings visiting me right now. Lovely blog.

holdingmoments said...

What beauties.
Lovely shot of the feeding, and the first one of the youngster is great.

Nick S said...

Lovely as always Helen. Your Eastern Bluebirds make such wonderful subjects.

Shellmo said...

You have the loveliest bluebird photos ever!

Bird Girl said...

That first shot...might be the nicest bluebird fledgling picture I have ever seen - just beautiful, Helen! I'm sure Ollie will come around ;-)

Carol said...

Love those BlueBird photos.

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Carol said...

I can't take my eyes off the baby Blue Bird in the first photo.

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2sweetnsaxy said...

What beautiful shots of these oh so pretty birds! It's kind of sad that some of the babies don't survive.
:-(

Roy said...

He is a fast mover that Ollie. {:)

Ken Conger Photography said...

Your top image is exceptional. Great composition and eye contact. Nice work with the whole series. Blue Skies.

Tina said...

I have read that, sometimes, the female leaves to start building another nest and leaves the male to feed and raise the babies..
Last year we lost the male after two broods..that was hard to accept..
..I understand your concern.
Your photos of the little ones and of Dad are great..so clear and detailed..very nice!

Mary said...

These photos are so great! I just love your baby bluebirds. I'm sad about Camille, but hope Ollie finds a new mate.

Chris said...

Hi,
It is nice to see that at least two did it!! Not so easy to raise for a single father I guess!!! Nice shots of the family

NCmountainwoman said...

What gorgeous photographs. I love the way you manage to capture the personalities of the birds. Kudos to Ollie for carrying on.

TSannie said...

Sparrows kill blue birds??? That's horrifying! Does this happen often?

Lovely to know Ollie is being a good single dad. I know so little about the bird world!

Jotter Jan said...

Oh Helen...love your Bluebird shots...especially the babies!!!!Sorry I don't get to visit much anymore...hospitals like to work their employees to death! lol
Always enjoy your blog!

The Tile Lady said...

Helen,
I am so happy that Ollie is feeding the fledglings! How sad that their summers in your yard as a couple, he and Camille, are now over. I'm glad he may have found a new mate. Sixty babies in the six years is a wonderful gift to the world by the two sweet parents! I had no idea house sparrows would trap and kill a bluebird! Thanks for sharing their sweet sad story with the rest of us.
Marie
P.S. I've been away much this summer...have missed seeing your posts, and am anxious to get back up to speed.