Saturday Greetings to everyone!
I don't often post such sketchy photos, but I've been trying for some time to show what a male Rufe looks like when he approaches a female.
This often happens in a mere few seconds and like these photos show generally deep inside tree leaves.
The feisty little Rufous male approaches a female, flares his iridescent gorget and flies back and forth in front of her ... Hoping to catch her attention! If you look at his form (even in these blurred photos) you will see he is quite the dazzler! Have a great day... TerryV
Tiny Titans battle in the treetops
More sketchy photos.. this time cropped images shot way up in the top of a large maple tree. A pair of Anna's Hummingbirds do battle over territory and breeding rights!
Survival of the fittest is how nature works, and the fittest creatures get to reproduce and carry the next generation forward!
I watched a real scrap 2 days ago between this bird and a male Rufous ... Legs are the weakest parts on a Hummingbird, so possibly a target? When this guy comes in to feed, he only perches using the other leg. Hope he is able to recover... Life can be very harsh for these small creatures!
Last evening was the big opening for the Plumage: The Majestic art of Birds show... It was also a fundraiser for the Bateman Foundation and I got to meet and sit with the Bateman's
It was truly an honour to meet these lovely folks and listen to Robert's stories about his art! I learned so much about many subjects.
The event was carefully planned by Peter Ord (Exec Director) and the talented staff of the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC.
There was a plentitude of beautifully prepared treats as well as some fine beverages.
I do believe everyone who attended had a fantastic time!
Thank you again for including me in this wonderful show! I hope you folks enjoyed my small slide presentation? ... I would suggest that anyone who loves birds should try and see the "Plumage" show... It's on until mid June!
Above are 4 images from around 700 that I shot today .. Will post a few others tomorrow as time permits ... This Rufous Hummingbird has taken over the yard! Look out, everyone... He's the new BOSS!!! :)
An unusual Owl nest to be sure... The story I heard was that her nesting tree blew over in a windstorm , so some kind soul installed this wicker basket way, way way up a nearby tree. The hope was that she would find it and use it as a nesting platform.
As the story goes... Build it and they will come!
While I was balancing myself on a sidehill and trying to shoot a few photos in very low light conditions, a tiny Anna's female Hummingbird came by to check out her nest. If you look closely you will see her fly past (out of focus towards the top of the images from left to right)
Made my day...
Thanks for looking............TerryV
25 slides from today, showing the pure joy of a fresh air bath ... Thanks for looking! :)
Another sunny day here on the peninsula , that is after the heavy rain early this morning. Lots of bird nesting/courting activity today... Never a dull moment and I suppose that is why I found it difficult to stay inside and work!
There are at least 4 male Rufous Hummingbirds (like the one in the above image) hanging around the yard and no doubt many more will be migrating through in the coming weeks.
Bluebird scratching post
click to play 3 slides, showing male in front and female behind
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.
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