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The Rare and Elusive Eared Bluebird

Published on: Apr. 13, 2010

BluebirdI thought of saving this post until next April Fool’s Day, but that is too long to wait. Sam Perotti of New Melle, Mo., sent us this photo that was taken recently by his backyard trail camera. Apparently an eastern bluebird (our Missouri state bird) flew straight toward the camera which was activated by the motion to take the photograph. We believe that the bird’s “ears” are actually its wings caught in an earlier flight position due to the shutter speed of the camera.

Trail cameras are typically used to capture larger, slower-moving animals like deer and turkeys at a feed station or moving along a trail. I’ve seen several other odd trail-cam photos that made a blur of swooping birds or running squirrels. Evidently the cameras would require different settings to accurately capture fast-moving small animals. The old saying that “the camera doesn’t lie” may be true, but they certainly seem to be capable of stretching the truth.

If you have a better explanation for the photo above, please comment and share your thoughts.

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