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Any birders? Share your photos!

altagirl

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I've caught a chickadee and a nuthatch in my hands after they flew in the patio door and got stuck trying to fly out the closed living room windows. They are so amazingly light!
 

Christy

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Are those Rufous or Anna's? (Or...?)

I was so surprised a few weeks ago when taking a photo of a penstemon type flower in a canyon at Capitol Reef--the only one I'd seen in that whole section of canyon--to be photobombed by a hummingbird. I imagined him/her high above all these canyons and zooming down to the flowers that seemed few and far between. But maybe they like the orchard blooms there too.
 

altagirl

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Are those Rufous or Anna's? (Or...?)

I was so surprised a few weeks ago when taking a photo of a penstemon type flower in a canyon at Capitol Reef--the only one I'd seen in that whole section of canyon--to be photobombed by a hummingbird. I imagined him/her high above all these canyons and zooming down to the flowers that seemed few and far between. But maybe they like the orchard blooms there too.
I believe they are all Black-chinned, but the females can be tricky. We also get Broad Tailed, and then Rufous in the late summer. And the occasional Calliope.


And I do wonder how spread out their patches are in some areas?
 

altagirl

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A few recent shots. The floofy baby barn swallow shots make me LOL. DSC_2606.jpg
I wish the light had been better but it's always so fun seeing baby Grebes get ferried around on their parents backs.
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I'm always a fan of the White -lined Sphinx Moth, which is an honorary bird since it gets called a hummingbird moth.
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And finally that Caspian tern looks like his head is on backwards as it's rotating around to keep its eyes on target as it dives.
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Help! help! Bring bugs, I'm too floofy to move!
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Jenny

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OMG that last one is so cute!

My sister has a hummingbird moth at her house - I’d never heard of them before that.
 

fgor

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A few recent shots. The floofy baby barn swallow shots make me LOL. View attachment 18930
I wish the light had been better but it's always so fun seeing baby Grebes get ferried around on their parents backs.
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I'm always a fan of the White -lined Sphinx Moth, which is an honorary bird since it gets called a hummingbird moth.
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And finally that Caspian tern looks like his head is on backwards as it's rotating around to keep its eyes on target as it dives.
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Help! help! Bring bugs, I'm too floofy to move!
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I love them!! My favourite is the tern - that's a fantastic photo, and I know well how difficult it is to take photos of birds in flight - such an unusual position he's in as well! Lovely shot and very cute birds :smile:
 

liquidfeet

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A few recent shots. The floofy baby barn swallow shots make me LOL. View attachment 18930
I wish the light had been better but it's always so fun seeing baby Grebes get ferried around on their parents backs.
View attachment 18931
I'm always a fan of the White -lined Sphinx Moth, which is an honorary bird since it gets called a hummingbird moth.
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And finally that Caspian tern looks like his head is on backwards as it's rotating around to keep its eyes on target as it dives.
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Help! help! Bring bugs, I'm too floofy to move!
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You are a fantastic photographer. Do you publish?
 

altagirl

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I love them!! My favourite is the tern - that's a fantastic photo, and I know well how difficult it is to take photos of birds in flight - such an unusual position he's in as well! Lovely shot and very cute birds :smile:
Oh thank you! And yes, there are a load of empty or half empty frames when trying to get tern photos, thats for sure. Here are a few more from that outing. The lighting wasn't great but it's fun to see stills of the aerial action.

Grabbing a drink.
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this one i just loved the symmetry...
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Sadly this Forster's Tern eventually dropped its fish to get away from the gulls.
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LOL, this guy just didn't get a good grip, I guess!
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This one held on. I reported the color bands, it should be fun to see where it is from if they can sort it out. DSC_3204.jpg
 
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altagirl

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You are a fantastic photographer. Do you publish?
I have not, but have been thinking more about doing something with my photos. Also, when looking for this thread I saw what I posted on the first page and was like well I guess I've improved, LOL. Though looking back I can also see what a difference a better camera and lens have made. As well as just practicing!
 

altagirl

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A few more recent hummingbirds and a swallowtail visiting the milkweed that the hummingbirds also love. The first one is a little odd with her eyes closed but i like how it just feels dreamy.

These are out at a wetlands area. I haven't had any luck getting milkweed to grow at my house.
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