A male goldfinch in fine breeding plumage made yesterday’s trip to the mountains worth it.
Rufous Hummingbirds are known as “extremist” hummingbirds for a bunch of reasons.
Three days ago a long birding trip resulted in only mediocre photos. But I discovered that there are are worse outcomes than being bird-skunked.
I should review my older photos more often. And more carefully.
Hummingbird feathers at the right angle and in the right light can be jaw-droppingly gorgeous. And I’m talking about far more than just the gorget.
I think this photo from yesterday morning resembles an Audubon painting more than any photo I’ve ever taken.
Prior to this bird a week ago today I’d never had such a prolonged session with a preening kingfisher up close.
All photos were taken in the mountains, in the desert or at bird refuges in the last ten days.
To me this (second photo) almost looks like two birds, one on top of the other. In fact there’s very little ‘almost’ about it – that’s what I see. But it’s a single Song Sparrow.
Hungry chicks in the nest cavity have to be fed and it’s a two parent job.