I couldn’t resist the pun. As the hummingbirds prepare for their long journey across the gulf, we decided to do what we can this year to help out and provide a little extra fuel. It was less than an hour after putting out the feeder that they started showing up and there has been a steady stream of activity for over a week now. Maybe it’s the fair trade organic sugar nectar? Click on pictures to enlarge.
It’s wonderful seeing them all coming through right now. I wish them the best on their journey south. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Sadly, my camera is off getting fixed and I have no idea how long it will be away. I’ve been so busy with work these last few weeks that I am way behind on updating the blog. The good news is, I have a nice assortment of pictures to post over the next few days and can’t wait to share them. 🙂 These are from a long walk in the Wetlands on August 16. Click on pictures to enlarge.
She is magnificent. Click on picture to enlarge.
I was out taking pictures of hummingbirds this morning when our postal carrier came by and told me a red-tailed hawk was sitting on the roof of a nearby house. I walked down and sure enough, there she was. She is a young one, not scared enough of humans yet to know better. She sure is pretty! Look at those feet! Click on pictures to enlarge.
The catbirds will be leaving soon. It’s always sad to see them go, but quite the privilege to know we had a small role in providing a relatively undisturbed space for raising young. I caught a nice glimpse of this young one bouncing from limb to limb with a house sparrow. The house sparrow looked pretty young too. I think they were playing. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.
A very young cooper’s hawk kept the blue jays busy in our backyard this morning. Everywhere she went, they followed. When they got bored chasing her, she would come back, swoop down at them, and the chase was on again. She’s learning to hunt and the blue jays are quite tired of dealing with her. I’m constantly amazed by the drama going on right over our heads. Click on pictures to enlarge.
If you visit the wetlands during this heat wave, remember, the trick is to get there as early as possible. Bring water and keep hydrated. There is a lot of activity in the early morning and if you are a photographer, you know you can’t beat that morning light. Click on pictures to enlarge.