Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today's walk report: 071813, Best of the hummingbirds

Best of the hummingbirds.

As summer grinds on, hummingbirds and in fact all life surrounding my walks seems to dwindle in its presence. I don't feel like hanging out much either, I'm more inclined to simply get the job over with and go home. I walked hard and fast and quite reluctantly for about 6 km (a short walk) today. Almost everything below was prepared hours ago.

"Best of" is kinda loose, what I actually did was to search my computer for images with the word "hummingbird" in the file name. I only rename a small fraction of the photos I take and the reasons for doing so don't necessarily mean they are the best images but rather ones I decided to use for something specific. Like here. Nevertheless, there were 205 images in that search, from that I pulled out 101 images and from those 101 I'm pulling what's below--I'm certain some of these are among the best hummingbird photos I've taken. Hopefully someone will at least enjoy a few them. I know I enjoyed taking them.

I only see four types of hummingbirds here, Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), Allen's hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin), Black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri ) and Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna). I don't always get these right, I think I need some study time to fully distinguish between Selasphorus rufus and Selasphorus sasin. I will do that--eventually.

Dramatic changes in the iridescence of the head plumage with minor changes in position.

Another slight twist of the head and color's off...

Goodnight, I'm tired.

1 comment:

  1. I especially like the one near the end with its tail feathers fanned out.