Photos taken July 29th and 30th. I believe these are Rufous Hummingbirds.
I was experimenting with using Shutter priority on my Canon 70D, with a Tamron lens. I mostly always leave the camera setting on Aperture priority. I have a lot to learn about taking Hummingbird photos; it is enjoyable and a challenge.
Wednesday was the last time we saw the two Hummingbirds that have been with us for a long time. Drinking coffee yesterday morning we commented that “they must be gone”. During the day we kept watching for them, and when we didn’t see them again this morning we knew they must have begun their long journey south. I am glad, but sad.
I truly miss seeing them! They provided us with lots of entertainment this season.
This photo was taken back in April at South Llano River State Park.
“Travel safe, and I truly hope you make it to your destination.”
During the last few days, some hummingbirds have found their way back to our yard. I made a batch of Hummingbird syrup (4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar) and hung the feeder. Didn’t take long for them to start their display fights over this source of food.
This behavior of fighting over the feeder is fun to watch and provides great opportunities for photos; however it is also bewildering to me. Why do they spend so much of their energy chasing each other away when all they have to do is share?
Always looking for in-coming rivals!
Enjoying some syrup without being harassed by bees!
The elusive male. I will capture a better photo of you, I promise. I wasn’t fast enough to focus on him. He seems to hide on the far side of the feeder, zips in to take a few sips then zips away. He never lights on a tree branch in the yard. Just wanted to show you – he is here.
~Western Swallowtail Butterfly
I put a little syrup in the top of the Hummingbird feeder to try and keep the Wasps and Yellow Jackets from drinking from the holes below. They harass the Hummers and were harassing this beautiful Swallowtail. It appears, from the photo below, that they are trying to sting the butterfly. Dam them!
I haven’t seen a butterfly drink from a Hummer feeder before.
Not a real sharp shot, but it is interesting. It decided to move down to drink from the holes, perhaps trying to get away from the bees. Notice how it is holding on to the feeder.
Notice the bee below the Swallowtail.
Something strange was happening over night. I put syrup in the feeder early each morning and the next morning it would be ALL gone. Not a drop left. I have the feeder hanging on a medal rod, which is suspended many feet off the ground. There is no way that it can be reached from the ground.
At first we thought Raccoons were somehow getting to the feeder from out deck, but since nothing else is disturbed and all the liquid is gone we now think it might be bats drinking from the feeder. That would be cool to see. We now take the feeder down every night.
This photo speaks, peace, to me…
The last couple of years have been good to the rabbits in our area. I think their natural predators, because of increased building in the surrounding areas, have moved out. We use to see coyotes and fox passing through, but haven’t in awhile. However, we do have black bear and bob cats, which causes us to put the garbage can in the garage each night. Maybe they don’t like rabbit!
Header photo: Enjoying a moment at dusk.
A fun few hours taking photos in my yard. I hope you enjoyed them.
It has been awhile since I last posted. Where does the time go? It seems as if we just arrived home from our winter travels and here we are in September. Time to once again begin thinking about heading south.
Before we head south we still have a few more weeks of beautiful, Colorado, weather to enjoy. This summer has been a fun one with the exception of Kloudy’s illness; however, she is doing okay. I plan to write a post on what is going on with her, and she has given me permission to post a few photos. As most of you know, that follow my blog, Kloudy is our almost eleven year old Siberian Husky.
Of course spending time with hubby, Kloudy and Skye River is my most joyful pastime. Doing what I love hobby wise is taking photos. It is hard for me to believe that I haven’t taken very many photos this summer, which truly is my greatest passion.
I think Pickleball, well I know Pickleball, has taken all my time. Since learning the game in late April, I have either play or practiced this sport almost everyday. It is fun and as I have mentioned previously, addicting. Pickleball is great exercise, but the most wonderful benefit of the game is meeting and getting to know other players, which I hope turns into long-lasting friendships.
But, this post is not about Pickleball, it is about spending a few minutes taking photos of a few birds in my yard. Howard and I enjoy sitting on our deck and watching the bird activity in the yard. It has been a very good year for many species, especially the Spotted Towhee. I don’t recall seeing so many young Towhees. The Towhee is one of my favorite birds and it makes me very happy to see that they are doing well. Two new visitors to our yard, in recent weeks, has been the Red-breasted Nuthatch and the Gray Catbird (just one).
Two Red-breasted Nuthatches stopped by for a few days and enjoyed, not only the sunflower seeds, but the suet feeders as well.
Not the best quality photos, but it gives you an idea just how cute these little birds are. I generally don’t like to post photos of the birds at the feeder, but they were just too darn quick for me to capture in a more natural environment. They would fly in, grab a sunflower seed, and fly off.
Another bird we are enjoying watching is the Hummingbird. Feisty little birds that don’t believe in sharing. They sit at the top of a branch or tree and continuously scan the sky for incoming – Hummers! Nope, no sharing of the tasty, sugary liquid they love so much.
One day I was standing out on the deck with, my long lens, trying to capture one of the Hummers. A Hummer decided to check me out and then checked out the entire length of the lens. Too comical and so close. If only I had a photo of that experience!
Until next time, spend time doing what you love to do!