More of the Same

Though I have a hard drive rapidly filling up with hummingbird shots, I keep finding myself sitting in the swing on the front porch with my camera trying to get yet another shot.

Perhaps it’s just an excuse to sit on the front swing, soaking in sunshine and doing “nothing.”

Sometimes I tell myself the next shot will be my best ever.

Sometimes a picture helps me see a hummingbird in a new way. For instance, I never realized hummingbirds had white tail feathers:

Humingbird

Sometimes it just feels great when one sits right in front of you, unafraid.

Humminbird Sitting

Mostly I’m amazed at how beautiful they seem and how different kinds of light reveal that beauty.

Hummingbird

7 thoughts on “More of the Same

  1. I happen to have a hummingbird calendar on the wall to my left, and the hummingbird in your photos is that calendar’s September hummingbird. Unfortunately the calendar does not identify its birds. So I pulled out my massive (it has over 1100 pages) Knopf hardbound edition of The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds authored by John K. Terres that my father bought years ago. A photo of this bird is also in the book, but your top photo is the best photo. As you may know: this is a rufous hummingbird.

  2. On another look at your photos, I am now uncertain.
    A near relative of the rufous hummingbird is the Allen’s hummingbird.
    The major difference between these two is that the back of Allen’s
    is usually a metallic green while the other’s back is usually rufous.

  3. I’m never certain about any bird, but I think these are Anna Hummingbirds, brian. Female Anna Hummingbirds. The back was green, not ruffous colored.

    I don’t think we get Allen’s hummingbirds here.

  4. Wish we got humming birds in the U.K! They are delightful. I have seen them in Canada. Of course we do have delightful birds here too. We have kingfishers on our beck and grey heron, but these little creatures of yours are beautiful, Loren.

  5. Given that Anna’s is the largest hummingbird
    in our states and that this bird is
    well-established in Washington,
    it is what you say it is:
    a female Anna’s hummingbird.

    The only hummingbird I’ve personally seen
    is the Ruby-throated.

    Here in Missouri I have been getting free issues
    of Missouri Conservationist. Don’t know if they
    pay for the photographs they use but they do
    credit photographers in their magazine.

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