Friday, August 31, 2007

broadtail hummingbird photos

Doing the broadtail boogie, this hummingbird posed for me and the camera yesterday. After a quick sip from a flower, this hummer struck several hovering poses in front of the camera probably trying to get me to back off and stay away from the flowers.

Friday, August 24, 2007

another buzz

I listen for hummingbirds, but today find bees busy pollinating wildflowers. Hey, it's a sticky job, but someone has to do it, eh? Flower to flower with no end in sight this time of year, especially with all the rain we've had this month. Yet the bee gets little thanks, silly girls scream when they see one and no one likes to get too close. This close up was shot with a telephoto, from several feet away, so as not to disturb the important work.

1/1000 second at f/11, 300mm, ISO 400

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Summer Hummer ID?

This might be an immature rufous, I see them every year at this time and wonder about the ID. It's hard to get good hummer ID information on the females and young, while easy to find photos and descriptions of the colorful males.
This hummingbird was acting like a male rufous and has some of the right color, but no red orange gorget. He (she, it?) sat on the tip of a dead branch about 30 feet from the flowers and feeder on my deck twisting and turning to watch for other birds. Whenever another hummer would come near the flowers or feeder, this one was quick to chase the other away.
In evening sunlight at 1/160 sec, f/8, 300mm, ISO 200, August 20, 2007.

Monday, August 6, 2007


South Park - I watched a large herd of about 100 wapiti (American Elk) jump fences and cross a road toward a small lake. One of the babies couldn't cross the fence. The whole herd stopped and called out encouragement, but still the baby could not make the leap required to cross the fence. Very slowly, the entire herd turned around and crossed back over the fences and road to join the baby. Then, they began running in the opposite direction stretching out in a long line silhouetted against the distant hills. At times like this, I wish for a 600mm lens. Here are a few images at 300mm.