We were lucky this year to have a couple of wrens build their nest in one of our birdhouses. Every morning we wake up to their wonderful sounds and singing. For such a little bird they have a powerful set of vocal chords.
Spent a long time watching this blue heron hunt for fish on the shores of Delavan Lake in Wisconsin. Their process of catching fish is very interesting. The heron will stand very still in the water upright, but as it moves to a new location it cocks its head and neck to one side to scan the water surrounding it. When fish are spotted, it crouches its body down very close to the surface of the water and tucks its neck in close to its body. And then it waits – when the time is right with extreme force and precision it dives for the fish.
f7.1; 1/2000 sec; ISO 800; 250mm
“With Brave Wings She Flies”…..I never get tired of photographing hummingbirds. Each comes with its own personality. Some are very shy and hide behind the feeder hoping you won’t see them while others seem to pose for the camera. The other day, I was approaching the house. I heard the buzzing of the wings and chirping sound of the hummingbird. You can’t really hear their chirp unless you are really close. To my surprise this hummingbird (who is a frequent guest at our feeder) hovered about two feet in front of me, eye level, staring at me for at least 20 seconds before taking off. It was such a thrill to learn it was not afraid of me.
As you have probably guessed by now, I love hummingbirds. They are one of my favorite birds to photograph. They are quite the little challenge.
Today I am very excited. Given the weather this spring in Chicagoland, I have been waiting for them to come back. They usually are spotted in mid-April. Today was a blessing! The first one arrived at my feeder. Spring has sprung!!
Every year I set up a couple of hummingbird feeders in my backyard. In northern Illinois, the Ruby Throated Hummingbird is primarily the only species that migrates to our area. This little bird averages 3″ to 4″ in size and can beat its wings 53 times per second. They are very fun to watch. The males are extremely territorial. They will dive bomb and give chase to an intruder to send him on his way.
This male hummingbird below would sit at the feeder for hours into the night to guard its territory.
f/8; 1/500; ISO-125; 300mm
During the winter months in the Midwest, it is very quite outside. Except for the occasional dog barking or the howl of the wind, there is not a lot of noise during the day. At night we have a couple of great horned owls that break the silence with their hooting back and forth to mark their territory. I have yet to capture one in camera. Still hoping.
Yesterday, I heard the familiar sound of a red headed woodpecker who was making its way up the tree foraging for food.
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