Hummingbird Visit

Monday, September 04, 2006

Here is the female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird that visited my garden the other day. While I was taking these photos, I was thinking to myself the whole time: Oh, please, please, please let the camera be on the correct settings. I was using a manual-focus lens and I didn't want to put the camera down to adjust the aperture, etc. I knew the hummingbird's visit would be fleeting and I didn't want to miss a moment of it. So I fired away and hoped for the best.

I was lucky this time around and I am very happy with how these shots turned out.

Lady hummer even sat on the fence and posed for a rare moment. I think she's resting up and gathering strength for the long flight to her wintering grounds down south. I know one day soon I won't see her anymore. Until next year.

9 Comments:

Anonymous ostwestwind said...

Great photos!

1:39 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Nice blogg and photos! I've marked it in my favorites to check back often.
Just new at blogging myself and can learn from you and others.
Thanks for sharing!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Loretta said...

I love hummingbirds! It's always such a treat to see them- we get quite a few in our backyard. I love their little chirpings.

Cheers!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Simply wonderful!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous blackdahlia13 said...

Oh, I love hummingbirds. I see them all the time, and quite a few times I've had them come to like a few inches in front of my face and enter a staring contest of sorts with me. Anyhow, I just happened upon your lovely blog and decided to comment!

1:20 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Yes, you were lucky to get such great shots of this hummer. I know how exciting it is to have a visitor surprise you, like a bee or hummingbird . . . and not know if you'll capture her just right!
This is a lovely photo.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feed them next year! I have always had hummers as visitors to my garden but this year I put up feeders. I could go out any time of day and ssit for 5 minutes and enjoy the show. People pulling into my drive way to pick up kids etc also enjoyed them immensely. They like the flowers but they will stay and defend the feeders and entertain you. My neighbors and I had a blast with them!

8:55 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Yes, today I was thinking that I might get a feeder for them next year. I enjoy them so much.

Blackdahlia13, I had a similar encounter with the hummingbird in this photo. A few minutes after I took these shots, she came back (or another one came) and hovered about a foot in front of my face. I raised my camera to try for more photos, but she quickly shifted to the left - *hover* - and then to the right - *hover* - as if to say "nah-nah-nah-nah naaah naaaah, you can't catch me!" And then she was gone again. It was quite comical, actually.

Thank you, everyone for your nice comments. I am glad to know how much other people enjoy these little birds, too.

10:25 PM  
Blogger La Gringa said...

Your photos are wonderful as always. What luck to have one pose for you! We are beginning to see more here in Honduras at this time of year, but I am never fast enough or talented enough to get a photo.

2:38 PM  

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