Posts Tagged ‘Backyard Birding

24
Nov
13

Nature & Photography: Familiarity Breeds….Contentment….Kind of

HB Perch Empty SwittersBSeveral of you here feed Hummingbirds. My Mom-n-law has quite the loyal following of hummingbirds that seem quite comfortable with up close viewers. I shot this through the window inches away with my cell phone. East wind was blowing hard against the window/feeder/bird. The feeder was empty. Oh my, a calamity to the caring bird lady! The feeder was filled in short order.

Our Hummingbirds, at our home, are much more skittish and rarely captured so easily in an image. Perhaps it’s the two cats lurking nearby, tails switching back and forth, crouched and stealthily wishing they were outside.

 

07
Nov
13

Nature: Hummingbirds Amidst the Storm…..Seriously, They were

No, I have no pictures of the feisty, little hummingbirds darting against a heavy downpour and winds this morning. As much as I wanted a clear picture of the birds attempting to feed at the swaying feeders, I seemed to spook them at every turn. I didn’t want to stand outside amidst the tempest. So, you have to take my word for it…these tenacious little flutterers are still here and somehow finding shelter. The temps are still quite moderate (40’s & 50’s).

blowing leaves SwittersB

As much a blur as the hummingbird’s wings.

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02
Aug
13

Photography: Simple Hummingbird……or

After last nights  Bat episode and the gnarly images collected, I made one of my frequent stopovers at Cindy Knoke’s wonderful blog to see some beautiful images of a hummingbird. Now we have hummingbird feeders and the hummingbirds do seem to stop by as the feeder levels always seem to diminish. But when I do see a hummingbird it is usually a grey-green blur. Certainly nothing as spectacular as what Cindy captured.

So this evening, I thought I would stand out by the feeder, stork like, and wait for a hummingbird to stop by. It took awhile…quite awhile, or so my body told me. But, several did stop by and as I had surmised they were this somewhat drab grey-green.

HB1 SBBut wait, because when the little bird turned to flit away a most beautiful throat/chest area was partially captured by the lens. Just a hint of something beyond the grey-green. The glowing colors are from just the available light (ISO 400, f5.6).

HB2 SBWhen now, I may have to figure out a feeding pattern here to better facilitate my stork like appearance. Also, I may lower the feeder to gain a more horizontal view rather than shooting upwards.




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