We don’t see the grosbeaks all summer but they are here this week. The Blackheaded grosbeaks are the most common. The Evening grosbeaks are the most colorful.
Male Blackheaded Grosbeak
Female Blackheaded Grosebeak
Male Evening Grosbeak
The hummers stick around as soon as they find a feeder.
The Tree Swallows are looking for a good place to nest. This couple had a little chickadee chewing them out though. So we don’t know if they raided the chickadee’s nest or if they were encroaching on each other’s territory.
I’ve never taken a class. I use auto-focus more than any other setting. I use a Canon SX40 HS with a 35x optical zoom. I’m not here to teach you anything about photography.
I just enjoy wildlife so I want to preserve the moment. And I love the attention to detail that God has in His creations!
I have to admit, though, some kinds of wildlife almost seem like more work than they are worth. I like to catch the unique markings so I can make a good identification. But hummingbirds don’t usually sit still for very long.
If I have enough light and patience, and if luck is on my side, I might capture the little hummer in flight AND in focus! They are SO fast! There were 4 of them fighting over the feeders and flowers this evening.
These are the treasure shots though. The captures I never expect. I’d been intentionally trying to catch the hummer with his tail spread but he just wasn’t cooperating. The spread tail is a threatening or warning position so they are ready to chase when it’s spread. I focused on him as he was sitting on the flower and decided to snap at the next movement I saw. After I took it I thought I’d missed him completely. I love finding these treasures on my laptop after I download photos from my camera.
It really is useless to keep the solar lights out over the winter in Oregon. Or maybe it’s just that we live in a valley where the sun rises in the south and sets in the south and there are mountains to our south!? I know the days are getting longer when the solar lights come out of their winter hiding place and line up to soak up the sun. Only the darkness will reveal which ones are worth keeping.
I love how the sun can spotlight a tree!
We are really lacking rain here in the northwest though. It makes me worry about what summer will be like. Hopefully we’ll get enough spring rain to fill up the aquifers.
The steelhead and smolts are in the river and therefore the ducks are plentiful. We even saw an eagle take a swipe at some ducks.
And more hummers are coming to the feeder.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead an hour to take full advantage of the vitamin D opportunities! Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning – don’t be late for church!
The duck-alert yesterday morning had me looking for baby birds all day long. I warned Don that we’d have to check the Newport South Jetty before we left. But we only saw a few loons and cormorants; no babies.
On our way to Newport I swear I saw, not a puddy-tat, but some baby geese. They were standing next to their parents on the sand at low tide at Eckman Lake (on the bay side). We didn’t have time to stop at that time so we stopped on our way back up the Alsea River. There were only a few geese and they were all in the tall grass. Chicks could hide in here very easily.
I’d love to see a baby heron. Don’t they nest way up high though? I wish I knew where they nested around Waldport.
I bet the hummers have a nest close by. They were chasing each other like crazy yesterday. I was afraid I’d get poked as they zoomed their way through our observation deck.
At one point, I’m sure, they went in one ear and out the other!
It’s pretty hard to keep track of who’s who but I know their colors change depending on the your perspective of their chin. This may be the same one as in the previous photo.
Then this osprey landed in the tree in front of me! Panic ensued as the red low-battery warning light on my camera began to flash. He flew to another tree before he saw something worth diving for; giving me a chance to grab a fresh battery (which didn’t turn out to be fresh – argh!). But I did get a couple shots.
Eventually, I will catch him in the act. He makes such a big splash when he hits that I am just watching in amazement and can’t seem to focus (literally) on taking a photo.
And I’ll figure out how to focus on him when he’s hiding behind branches as he picks apart his fish.