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.