Friday, August 21, 2009

Round Robins: Birds

Fight or flight: In the foreground, hummingbirds squabble over landing rights at the feeder. Those spots in air in the background are a huge flock of some kind of dark bird that is apparently migrating south.

Birds are among my favorite creatures, but photographing them is not one of my strengths.

We certainly have enjoyed this second feeder. It sticks to the kitchen window with a suction cup, so the birds are inches away from us when we wash dishes. As many as six at a time will zoom around it, each trying to chase away the others between sips. They empty the whole thing every day.

Curious little things, aren't they?

* Click photos for great big closeups.

For more birds, be sure to stop by this time at the Round Robins Photo Challenge.

12 comments:

Paula Scott said...

These are all fabulous. I especially love the backward bend in the first shot!

Linda said...

Love the pictures! Birds are my favorites, too. I especially love the last one where you captured him in flight.

Carly said...

Hi Vicki :)

Hummingbirds! Beautiful! I just love them, they can be a real challenge to photograph, but when you get a good shot, like the ones you have here, it can be such an invigorating experience. Very nicely done!

-Carly

Sallyacious said...

Two of my most precious memories, memories of perfect moments, involve hummingbirds. One was watching a hummingbird play in the sprinkler in our back yard one early summer morning. In the other, I was standing in the backyard, talking to my mother on the phone, and a hummingbird zipped up and perched on our rose trellis, about three feet from me. I stopped breathing, listening, thinking, for the moment he was there.

Thank you for bringing those moments back with these shots.

a corgi said...

beautiful pictures of the hummingbirds! it must be fun to watch them as they feed! I'm with you; I love birds but have difficulty getting pictures of them

nice entry!

betty

Suzanne R said...

The hummingbirds are wonderful! I have tried to attract them around here before with little to no success. Maybe I should try again next year! Great job!

Chris said...

Nice catch. We had 3 very flirty hummingbirds this spring that hung around our yard but I never did catch them on camera. They would buzz by while I was working in the yard but if I was out with a camera, they were no where to be seen!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love humming birds, these are excellent photos, they must be difficult birds to capture they move so fast...

Margaret said...

I love my hummingbirds too. They're so much fun to watch and they keep us entertained all summer long. Thanks for sharing the pictures of them.

Margaret said...

I love my hummingbirds too. They're so much fun to watch and they keep us entertained all summer long. Thanks for sharing the pictures of them.

Sarah said...

I love these photos of your hummingbird visitors. I would love to see them for real, they are such pretty and fascinating little birds.

Jama said...

I wish we have some hummingbirds here,they are such a lovely creature and you captured them beautifully.