I think I might have to rename my blog “Hummer Photo of the Day.” Lately, my go to photo of the day seems to be something to do with hummingbirds. I did photograph a Swainson’s hawk that flew over my house today, and was able to identify it because the shots I took showed the distinct underwing patterns of the Swainson’s, a hawk I’d never knowingly seen before. But, it was pretty far up so the shots were not good enough to use on the blog. While I never tire of watching and photographing hummingbirds, I think I need to add more hummingbird friendly plants in my yard to get some different views of them instead of shooting them perched on the feeder. If they don’t have a place to land comfortably, I might be more apt to achieve my goal of getting good, in focus shots of a hummer in flight.
Today’s daily challenge topic is “happiness” and to me, happiness is getting a good bird photo, so when I saw the hummer at the feeder I went out to see what I could get. While I didn’t get any shots of a hummer in flight, I was rewarded with what I think is an interesting sequence. The hummer, a female Anna’s, had something in her beak when I started to photograph her high in a leafless branch over my head. At first I thought she was eating small bugs on the branch and it was only when I downloaded the photos that I discovered that she was trying to get a piece of fuzz, perhaps a bit of spider web from her nest, off her beak.
Here she is with the fuzz on the tip of her beak:
Here she places the fuzz on the branch:
And, here she is with a fuzzless beak and the fuzz can be seen on the branch where she placed it.
Focal Length 300mm
Cropped and Levels
Yesterday, both my shots were SOOC. Today, the shots seemed drab so I brightened them using a levels adjustment.