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Wildlife Photography

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.

Hummingbird fishing lure?
Hummingbird fishing lure?

I just enjoy wildlife so I want to preserve the moment.  And I love the attention to detail that God has in His creations!

Female or youth Rufous Hummingbird
Female or youth Rufous Hummingbird

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.

Rufous in flight
Rufous in flight

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.

Action shots are my favorites
Action shots are my favorites

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.

Happy snapping!  🙂

Orange Critters of Oregon

OSU picked an appropriate color for their school.  These are by no means the only orange critters of Oregon but I’m surprised at how many there are.

Females are mostly green but have rust on their sides
Females are mostly green but have rust on their sides

The Black-headed Grosbeaks have just started showing up.

Male Black-headed Grosbeak
Male Black-headed Grosbeak

He even has a tiny bit of yellow on him.  The female has a little more yellow and the orange is subdued.

Female Black-headed Grosbeak
Female Black-headed Grosbeak

The Orange-bellied Newt is the brightest orange of all these though.

Orange-bellied Newt
Orange-bellied Newt

These newts are VERY poinsonous…so don’t lick them.