Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Some more hummingbird delight

Okay ...  I just need to come right out and confess.  I am so smitten with my hummingbirds.  I just can't get enough of them and don't even ask me how many photos I have.

It would be embarrassing.


They distract me.

They delight me.

They thrill me.

Chasing each other.  Up, down and around.  And then, sometimes stopping long enough for me to snap a photo through my window.

There used to be only one or two coming to my feeders.  But lately there are 5 or 6.  I'm thinking the young ones have fledged and that's the reason for the numbers now.


Like this little one today.   I'm thinking he might be a male.  See that little bit of red under his neck!  I think he is a young Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.  I'm hoping some of you bird experts can verify this.  Since this is my very first season to bird watch, I have a lot to learn!


He was quite busy this morning.  Chasing everyone away from the feeders and then coming back to the butterfly bush under my window.

And waited.



He kept an eye out and as soon as he spotted a competitor, he zipped after them and gave chase.



It was a lot of hard work.


You can never tell which direction they may come from.


And then, sometimes you just need to take a rest.  

And hope no one catches you sitting down on the job.


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81 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Cute captures of the hummingbirds. The are a delight. Great post and photos.

rebecca said...

such beauty and easy joy,
i needed both today!

thank you friend

Joe said...

Great shots of the hummers. I really like the fluffed one :).

TexWisGirl said...

that would be my guess too - a young male. and that fluffed out shot is really great!

Anika said...

These are so fabulous!

I feel the same way...they are so endearing. I love when they perch on a branch-too cute for words.

lisa said...

These are gorgeous Reena, and I promise you that if we had more of them here, I would be equally as smitten and have just as many photographs, but not nearly as nice as these. Just beautiful!!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Reena -- you are absolutely right, a juvenile male ruby throated hummingbird. I've put my feeders out hoping for some of the early migrants but no luck yet. Guess another week or so before they find me. Last fall, it was an absolute extravaganza outside my sewing room window. I won't tell how many pictures I took either! (hehe) That was the first time I'd ever been able to catch them, too. Enjoy the little ones.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

WOW!! These are amazing pictures Reena!! I took pictures of them landing at the feeders at my brother's place in Kentucky, but none were as good as yours!!

Jim said...

Reena! These photos are spectacular! These critters are so allusive around here. I could get addicted as well to them.

Michaele said...

I love actually "seeing" what they look like. I didn't realize they were ever that still. And to think I have trouble just photographing guineas.

Barb said...

These are delightful! I've never seen such a varied array of hummingbird poses!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Awesome images! What a gift to have so many of these beauties coming to feed. Bet you stay entertained with these guys. I hear they can be quite territorial.

Jill said...

I, like you, adore these little birds. They are so delightful Your pictures are amazing! I can't do anything like this with my little point and shoot so I really appreciate them.

Catherine said...

Well who wouldn't be smitten with these sweet little birds!!

Of course... this coming from a person who is smitten with her gopher! :o)

xo Catherine

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I wish I was able to capture the hummingbirds here. These are amazing shots. I can't get close enough with the lens I have. Maybe time for an upgrade!

Cedar said...

I am pretty sure I would NEVER get anything done if we had the interesting wildlife in our yard as you do! Love these shots! Hummingbirds are truly fascinating!

It's Just Dottie said...

Your photos are pure magic.
Smiles, Dottie

Holly said...

Oh wow, these are just beautiful shots! And such gorgeous subjects too :) I do think that last one is my favorite.

Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I love them too! Especially the little sounds they make. GREAT shots!

Jazzi said...

Such pretty pictures of them! My aunt Linda loves birds too and she is trying to get them to come to her feeders too!!

wags
Jazzi

Ashley Sisk said...

I wish I had hummingbirds to chase. YOu capture them so well!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Beautiful! I would love to see a humming bird outside my door. On that first shot, his long beak lines up perfectly with a blade of grass...WOW! That's an amazing photo! :)

Patricia said...

Oh so beautiful. As always. You can post hummingbird photos anytime. I absolutely love watching them.

deb duty said...

Your hummingbird photos are wonderful!

Sylvia K said...

I love hummingbirds, too, Reena, and your photos are so beautiful! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Mark said...

Those shots are unbelievable. They look like paintings.

faye said...

Great captures. I have given up trying to
get any decent photos of the three at my
feeder...

Steve said...

Beautiful captures!!

Stewart M said...

Hi there – can’t really believe that you get those in your garden! Splendid shots

Stewart M - Australia

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

So beautiful...

oa.s

holdingmoments said...

Such beautiful little birds. I'd love to see these one day.

Dyche Designs said...

Beautiful catpures, I love hummingbirds.

urban muser said...

these are great! i can see how you could get caught up and take a WHOLE bunch of these photos :)

justine said...

these are so lovely! I have never seen a real hummingbird!

Neil said...

Beautiful post. Great photos.

Roan said...

Absolutely delightful post! I love hummingbirds, too. We have a feeder, but have only seen one occasionally stopping by. I don't think he likes all the ants and bees who seem to have taken over.

Sandra said...

really a cutie. i do the same thing with my flowers, my husbands has a knack for making plants grow, check out my other blog for that, www.snapperone.blogspot.com is my main blog, Fourpaws that you visited I don't post every day. you have a true talent for photography, i browsed through a lot of your photos and say WOW

Kathy said...

Some really great photos here.

Judy said...

Awesome shots...I can't get any good photos of ours...They just won't stay in one place long enough.

Jane said...

Shots 5, 6 and 7 where he is keeping watch are fabulous. In England we don't get hummingbirds. I think they are absolutely fascinating so having them here is just a delight. Last year I did not put out a feeder but I've been reminded and inspired by your posts and video so I bought a new one last Friday. Saturday morning we saw our first hummingbird and my 4 year old loves seeing them. We only get the very tiny brown ones, but they are still amazing.

Leigh Erin said...

Wonderful shots!

Liza said...

Your pictures are amazing. You must have a tripod. What kind of camera are you using? Just wonderful.

christinemyoung said...

shot 4 is my favorite!

it is so fun to find new obsessions :)))

Daryl said...

I am now wishing I lived where hummingbirds liked to hang out AND that I had a 300mm lens, darn you Reena and your amazing bird photos ..

joo said...

They are delightful! Keep taking photos of them:)

Hilary said...

Gorgeous photos, Reena. I love the colours in the last one. It's magical.

beth said...

don't apologize. i would also be totally distracted if i had these all around me to keep me entertained !!!

i love hummingbirds and totally believe that they are one of the greatest gifts ever given to us.

xo

Ann said...

These are stunning photos, the colors are magnificent.
Ann

Tracy Farr said...

One of your regular readers, Liza, suggested I visit your site because of the hummingbirds, and I'm glad she did. Wonderful photos. Bravo!

Barbara said...

He is precious and what wonderful shots! I'd never get tired of snapping their pics either!

Beverly said...

Reena, thanks for stopping by Bee Haven Acres...we are also in PA...central part. Doing our best at self sufficiency and keeping a sense of humor thanks to our lovely critters! Love your hummers. They keep us delighted, here also!!

Light and Voices said...

Nice hummingbird photos.
Joyce M

*Honest Abe said...

It looks like a youngster to me. Hummingbirds will do that and chase away another who comes into their territory. I have seen only one here this year. Usually we have several.

Dawn said...

These are JUST BREATHTAKING!!! You are an artist with your camera!
I want one of those captures up on my wall....just beautiful!

Hope said...

these are wonderful and ever so delightful captures.. what a blessing to have them in your own yard.. and get to see them everyday.. I am sure you computer is filled with photos of them.. I know mine would be.. they are so amazing..

Brian said...

Such beautiful photos, they brought smiles all over!

Jillsy Girl said...

spectacular! and my favorite as well. i think they spend more time guarding and chasing than actually feeding! definitely, a young male rub-throated!

Andrew said...

I would love to see a hummingbird they are a beautiful little bird...
A lovely series.

Lynette Killam said...

I'm delighted to meet you, Reena, and will definitely sign up to follow! These hummingbird shots are wonderful - I've not had luck enticing them into my garden, and so enjoy seeing everyone else's pics. I think my backyard feeding station is a bit too racous for them, with the very loud Steller's Jays, the bossy crows and the insatiable squirrels who scamper about eating everything I put out for the birds.

Thanks for stopping by - I'll visit again soon!

mick said...

Wonderful photos of beautiful birds. We don't have hummingbirds out here so I have never had a chance to watch them that closely.

fjällripan said...

I can understand that you love them, they are relly wonderful. Great photos with very nice coulors!

CherryPie said...

Your humming birds are amazing and delightful :-)

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

Barb said...

That youngster looks a bit - well - ruffled! Your photos are magnificent - capturing the spirit of the bird.

Connie Smiley said...

Reena, I'm smitten with hummingbirds, too, and your images are stunning! I like your little story, too. Thanks for your nice comment!

Kanelstrand said...

Oh, is this the 65th comment already? I find hummingbirds so attractive in their otherness. I am fascinated by birds and I can only imagine what it would be if I had contact with those lovely small fellows but alas, none of them around here...

Beautiful photos!

Ms. Becky said...

Hi Reena, I LOVE the passion you have for your hummingbirds! and how you photograph and write about them. this is pure pleasure.

Raining Iguanas said...

What a wonderful post. And judging by the number and quality of the comments it generated, many agree.

Nick said...

What a wonderful set of shots! They look so gorgeous. Never seen a real live one before but...Hey, you got plenty here :) Thank you!!

Frank said...

I have fond memories of watching Hummingbirds in Texas some years ago so I can understaand why you would be constantly distracted by them. Lovely series Reena.

Ellie said...

These are amazing images.

Linda Makiej said...

Really beautiful photos for Outdoor Wednesday!!

Jean said...

EXCELLENT!!!

olivia said...

i loove hummingbirds! i mean loooove them! everytime I see one, i smile and watch.. drives my hubby nuts as last time i did that i was so enthralled with the hummingbirds I fell of the curb hehe.. oh well! :) the things we do for picture taking! and i still managed to get a great one of the mum feeding the baby.

Springman said...

I would be right there chasing the hummers with you if I could! I am totally knocked out by your pictures. You have a really unique take on things. Way cool!

Pat said...

Lovely shots of the Hummers! Mine are very shy.

Gary said...

Great shots of a truly interesting bird!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Snappy Di said...

We always compare them to tiny helicopters. Love them to pieces!

Hilke Breder said...

Beautifully captured! Gorgeous colors! You have a wonderful eye.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Oh I'm way behind and catching up on blogs, but wanted to say how I loved these photos! Such detail captured!

Snapper II said...

You are very talented. Your photos are awsome.