Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wild Bird Wednesday

I glanced out my dining room window to find this little lady preening herself on the wisteria vines before sipping from the feeder.

I've been telling myself I need to try to get some better shots of my visitors before they gear up to leave for the winter but on this day I was getting ready to leave the house and there wasn't time. I just pointed the camera and took a couple more shots as she flew to the feeder. I'm surprised this one even came out at all. It's a pointed beak in a flurry of wings. :)

Another quick shot captured a little ant escaping from the feeder and the spread tail feathers of the hummingbird.
Not well planned thought out photos but worthy at least to record this little visitor that has provided such pleasure and amusement during these past summer months.

Posted for Wild Bird Wednesday.

24 comments:

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

What a gorgeous bird - I'm impressed with the shots you got!

Dimple said...

One has to be quick with hummers! I like the first and last shots a lot: they are different from the more common hummingbird "poses" seen!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Enjoyable photos -- love the hummingbirds. (And you can post your quick-shots any time, please!!) I didn't even know there were any other kind ;>) (as you can tell.)

Esther Garvi said...

Beautiful bird! What a fortunate visit!!

Andrew said...

A beautiful little bird I don't get to see in the UK so many thanks for sharing yours.

Springman said...

You guys and your hummingbird shots, you are so lucky! I really like that last shot of the hummer putting on the brakes, that is a really cool pose!

Gary said...

Wow is it ever active!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

OH Carletta, I love that hummingbird in the last picture.. That is AWESOME....

Great post today!
Hugs
Betsy

joo said...

I've never seen them in real life! They are so beautiful - thanks for sharing:)

Victoria said...

Beautiful bird and very nice pictures! :)
/Victoria (Sweden)

Rose said...

I think they are pretty darn good for just pointing and shooting...and you know, they portray the hummingbird just how they are...a flurry of action...seldom stopping for more than a few seconds.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Carletta! I find these are some of the most difficult birds to photograph. They move so quickly.

Janie B said...

Love those little hummers! Great shot (hard shot, too).

mick said...

They are beautiful birds and certainly worth taking lots of photos of them.

George said...

I think these are wonderful pictures of your visitor. It's not easy to get good photos of hummingbirds, no matter how much planning and preparation you do.

Arija said...

Maybe not calendar shots but such pretty hummers. It must be hard to preen oneself with that long beak.
Watch out the ants don't form a baseball finals crows around your feeders, they tend to go home and tell all their friends and relations. Love the splayed tail.

Stewart M said...

Hi - I suppose that the Hummers will be leaving you soon? I only mention that becaue if its true it must be spring with us here!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

rapunzel said...

Beautiful shots! The last one looks like your little hummie is wearing french tips. Getting herself all prettied up for her trip to warmer weather. :)

Paxie said...

I've been totally obsessed with trying to get the ANTS off the feeder as well as trying to get a photo of my hummingbird! Wow! You did it!

You never cease to amaze me, Ms. Carletta :)

Pat said...

I love the shot with the spread tail feathers! Like you, I will really miss these little Hummers when they leave.

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful serendipitous shots! I love the first one: such a prim little lady!

kaye said...

I love watching hummingbirds . . . great shots today.

NatureFootstep said...

she´s beautiful. I saw a lot of them during my visit to Costa Rica last winter. :)Nice shots.


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Stephany said...

Great action in the last shot! All I've had at the hummingbird feeder were bees and wasps.