After my trip to Costa Rica, I realized that a photograph of a bird is just, well, just a photograph of a bird, unless that bird is doing something. And that something must be more than sitting on a perch looking like a bird. Friday evening when I went outside to pour some charcoal on the grill, I saw the female hummer perched high on a bare branch seeming to enjoy (I know, anthropomorphism) the late afternoon sun. That meant she was backlit but I brought my camera outside and watched her. After several minutes of her just looking around, she put our her tongue, scratched her neck, and splayed her tail feathers. Ah, finally some gestures! Of course when she decided to fly off, I was busy with dumping charcoal onto the grill so I missed the “in flight” shot I will get someday.





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