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I was sitting out on the back deck this morning. The sun was so bright and with a hot cup a tea in hand I was feeling pretty good. The past couple of weeks it finally seems like summer. More sun than clouds and rain.
As I sat there I was watching the little winged one play. I wonder what it would be like to have such energy, but I guess if my main diet was nectar I would be overly active too.
They stole my heart years ago, but living here at what we call Hummingbird Hollow has brought more than just entertainment from the little winged one. With it came a want to know more about them. I have spent the last dozen plus years watching, studying and being delighted in all there antics. I am in the process of doing the illustrations for a book I wrote called Midnight Nectar about the frolics, behaviors and lives of the little winged ones. I can honestly say there is never a dull moment here.
As I sat there I was spellbound by their aerial feats… I watched a Stellar Blue Jay come through, immediately the hummers gave chase. They stayed with this blue bird through the apple trees on to the plum trees and then into the thicket and back again. I am in awe as I watch them take on the bird that is over eleven inches long compared to their two-plus inch length. Their tenacity is not to be compared to anything that is their size. I have watched them take on cats, dogs, any bird and us two footers if we get to close to their nests or if their young are just out of the nest. They are very territorial and if you get within their terrain at any given time they just may let you know you need to leave.
However, if they know you they will come right up and check you out, some of ours look in our windows and watch us. We have noticed that if their feeder is low on nectar juice they will come and look at us through our windows until we check the feeder. They will at times watch us through the windows while we are getting a clean feeder, filling it and then meet us where we hang the feeder. At times they will follow us around the yard. They love to chat with us, they are very vocal in all ways. Generally they are easy to live with and are very amicable.
The Stellar Blue Jay is a very noisy bird; they have a lot to say and with such sass. They have a cheekiness… brazenness that is beyond compare to all winged ones no matter the size. With their young they are so vociferous, boisterous, bossy and overbearing. I feel sorry for them. I think they leave the nest as soon as possible. It does not take them anytime to be completely on their own and off to a whole new area to live. That is what I would do!
The Stellar Blue Jay are a beautiful bird, just a little overbearing at times. I tried to get a picture of one of them and they knew it and they made it very hard for me to get a good shot in. They are one of the reasons we do not do many bird feeders, they go through and knock all the seeds out so they can eat all of the sunflower seeds. They are pretty but have an arrogance that dulls their beauty.
The sun was shining through the trees and every time I just got focused, the bird would take flight.
It did not want a picture taken!
This Female Rufus has decided to check me out – eye to eye!
I take hundreds of hummingbird shots. They are so fleeting it is not an easy task. I am learning, but to get the lighting right and have the camera set for high-super-sonic speed is a mission and a calling that I will not give up on. I have so many action shots; hummingbirds are almost always so full of life… highly active. I have given myself the challenge of taking action shots that are clear and precise and tell the viewer what is going on. That is not easy… I am going to share some of my ‘action shots’ that I have taken this summer. I hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think. I already know I have a long way to go, but I think I have gotten a good start….