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Blue grosbeak        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Blue grosbeaks like weedy, brushy areas for breeding; most of these males were defending territories at the Hidden Valley and San Jacinto Wildlife Areas near Riverside, California.   In some of these images the bird is not quite fully molted into breeding plumage, but the bird in the right image certainly is, and two of the vertical images immediately below.   The lower right image shows a brownish female (I think; there are faint traces of blue feathers in various places).

  • above left and below: digital captures, Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, or 1D4; 500mm f4 IS + 2 X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2007, 2010, 2011)
  • above right: Canon EOS1v, 500mm f4 IS + 1.4 X converter, Ektachrome 100VS, fill-in flash (2003)