Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hummingbirds Up Close and Personal!

The hummingbirds are still here! On Tuesday, for some reason, they were standing guard at the feeders again. I stayed outside for hours and took about eight hundred, (yes, I said 800), pictures of the hummingbirds!

I was able to get so close that I could have reached out and touched the one that was in the backyard!

These are some of my favorite shots!

This one makes my heart sing! It looks like a painting to me!

                 Standing guard and preparing to chase away the approaching hummingbird!

Doesn't he look menacing?

I stayed on the patio for probably four hours taking pictures and enjoyed being so close to them!

What a thrill to stand so close and watch their antics! They have so much personality!

This one was so calm and laid back that I thought I would take the opportunity to try some backdrops just for fun!

I had an easel that I covered with cloth and placed behind my container of sticks that I had near the hummingbird feeder.

It was starting to get dark by the time I thought of the backdrops. I've tried a few more times since Tuesday to get more backdrop pictures but the hummingbirds have not been cooperative. I guess Tuesday was just a sweet blessing and I shouldn't expect the hummers to always be such cooperative models!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

These are all fantastic photos Robin. I love the one that you said he was about to go after another hummer. The spread tail is fantastic. What a fun day you had. I am so glad you shared a few of your pictures.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

P.S. Seeing their little tongues sticking out is great too. I love shots of birds that are doing something other than just sitting there.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are amazing. Yes,this tome was a special blessing. I and happy for you.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Awesome photos!!!

HolleyGarden said...

Wow - what great photos! I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird's tongue! They were certainly showing off for you!

Indie said...

Wow, beautiful shots! I especially love the one with the fanned tail feathers. I get so excited when I see even one hummer in my garden. I know it must have been sheer joy to be so close to them!

shirl said...

What stunning images Robin! I can 'picture' you standing, sitting and moving around with your camera taking every different angle you could thinking you have to make most of their visit as it might be the last in a while. I'd be the same :-)))

I can also understand how you will have lost yourself for a few hours. You've mentioned you've had a difficult time recently. I hope this day helped refresh you to cope with things. I have been thinking about you.

deb mills said...

these are such wonderful photos, robin. after seeing your hummer pics last week i did some research, because i've never seen that variety around my area. well, i probably never will. according to one source, there is only one kind of hummingbird found east of the mississippi, and that's the ruby throated. one.
there are about 13 varieties west of the miss and about 300 found in the mountains of central and south america. now, i just don't think that's quite fair, is it? lol!
have a great week.

Rosemary said...

800! love the ones you posted...... fabulous shots.

Jayne said...

Stunning photos Robin. I don't know how you do it!

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

Wow, these are awesome, Robin!

Patsi said...

Wow, don't think I've ever seen any better pictures than your captures. Our hummers left the 2nd week in September and never did get many photos of them.
Congrats on your diverse and perfect captures.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!