Sunday, August 4, 2013


There seem to be a lot more hummingbirds outside the urban areas than inside. NCW has a hummingbird feeder on her deck and I decided to see if I could get a decent shot of one or two of the fast moving critters. They're small and their movements seem to define the word "flit." I focused my telephoto lens on the feeder and waited for the birds to come to drink. There were four or five different birds and they all stopped by for a sip or two of the sweet red liquid. I took nearly 100 photos, trying to get a bird in air and in focus. I got a lot of blur and sometimes an empty frame, but in the end I have a few pretty decent photos of hummers. This one is one of the top four or five of the best.

The clouds were interesting across Swan Lake on this very nice early August day. It was 75, sunny and with just a hint of a breeze. Did I say it was a very nice day?

The sun is down and the loons have begun their lonesome cries across the lake. It's nice to sit back and listen to them talk to each other. I wonder what they're saying.


Retired Professor said...

100 photos? That's the definition of determined. It's a pretty cool shot.

The loon has such a unique cry -- once you've heard it, you'll never mistake it for another bird. It sounds distinctly like northern MN to me.

BDE said...

The hummingbird photo is an award-winner! It took perseverance.