This little one had no problem with me clicking away while enjoying breakfast in the rain. The ruby-crowned kinglet is apparently one of the smallest birds in North America. I was not privileged to see the ruby crown. Perhaps another day. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The tree trimmers have been slicing and dicing the neighborhood for a few weeks now. I understand it has to be done around the power lines, but this is so much more than pruning. I’ve been concerned about all those who live in the trees and/or depend on them. I spent some time out in the yard this weekend and was very happy to see most of the usual visitors accounted for. I’m glad this “trimming” isn’t going on during nesting time. I was happy to see our white-headed cardinal friend, though she was too fast this morning for a picture. I did manage to get a couple of pictures of her handsome partner. I also spotted a flicker, red-bellied woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, hungry titmice, and a very curious bunny. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The amount and diversity of gulls coming in right now is staggering. They are amazing to watch. We humans are delightfully outnumbered. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Watching the spectacular colors this fall has been a real treat. The bluebird is quite lovely, too. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.
I watched this amazing little one hovering over the water. Kingfishers plunge in head first. Click on picture to enlarge.
I love this time of year when so many interesting hawks come in for the winter. While the cooper’s hawk is a regular, I see them a lot more this time of year. The red-tailed hawk is amazing. Click on pictures to enlarge.
A female cardinal watches the sunrise. A sparrow peeks out at me. A mockingbird takes aim at a starling and takes over the fencepost. Click on pictures to enlarge.
With all the cloudiness we’ve had lately, just thought I would post a few sunrise pics from a couple of weeks ago. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I met an amazing red-tailed hawk at the lake a few days ago. She seemed very curious about me and I certainly enjoyed watching her. We watched each other for a good thirty minutes before she took off in search of lunch. There were thousands of migrating gulls coming through that day. It was an incredible moment as I felt like we were watching them together. I stood under the tree looking up at her and the gulls flying over while she sat above, watching the gulls and occasionally looking down at me. It is very important to me that photographers respect the space of those they photograph. I was quiet and kept my distance and she stayed around. I felt honored to get to be in her presence for a little while. Click on pictures to enlarge.